The beating murder of a man by a mob in the so-called Golden Temple, India’s main Sikh shrine and located in the state of Punjab, has fueled the religious tensions shortly before the legislative elections in that region of the north of the country.
The event occurred on Saturday night during daily prayer, when allegedly a man broke into the shrine where the holy book of Sikhism, the Guru Granth Sahib, is kept, in the city of Amritsar.
After try to touch the ceremonial sword next to the sacred text, the man was arrested and killed by those presentAmritsar Police Deputy Commissioner Parminder Singh Bhandal confirmed.
“People held him and escorted him to the corridor where there was a violent altercation and he died,” he said in statements collected by the news channel. NDTV. “The man, between 20 and 25 years old, had a yellow cloth tied around his head and he jumped over the fence … the people inside grabbed him and escorted him to the corridor where there was a violent altercation and he died,” he said.
Some images from the moment of the altercation show several people getting up during prayer to try to stop the man.
The agent added that the images of the security cameras inside and outside the temple are being analyzed to clarify what happened.
Punjab Prime Minister Charanjit Singh Channi condemned “energetically this attempt at sacrilege” inside the Golden Temple and ordered the state police authorities to fully investigate the matter. He added that what happened was an “unfortunate and inhuman act.”
Defending the Guru Granth Sahib and Sikh shrines against desecration is a very sensitive issue for the community. Former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards in 1984 after ordering a violent assault on the Golden Temple to drive out separatists.
The desecration of Sikh temples has become a sensitive issue in Punjab, considered the cradle of this monotheistic religion, straddling the doctrines of Hinduism and Islam, and was the subject of dispute in the last legislative elections in 2017 and 2019.
Yesterday’s incident fuels these religious tensions when it comes to directing the future of the next legislative elections, which will be held in February and March next year.
Sukhbir Singh Badal, chairman of the regional opposition Sikh Shiromani Akali Dal party, criticized the “apathy and inactivity of the Government of Punjab” for not taking action against “a dangerous and painful pattern” that is emerging “from repeated attempts at sacrilege. ”.
(With information from EFE, AFP and AP)
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