A man hailing from Uttar Pradesh was beaten to death after he allegedly attempted to commit “sacrilege” inside the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Saturday evening.
The incident took place when the man jumped golden grills inside the sanctum sanctorum, picked a sword and reached near the place where a Sikh priest was reciting the holy Guru Granth Sahib.
The man was caught by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee task force members. When he was being taken to the SGPC office, the angry crowd thrashed him badly that later led to his death.
Deputy Commissioner of Police PS Bhandal said the man, hailing from UP, was around 30-year-old and his antecedents were being verified.
All CCTV cameras were being checked to know when he entered the Golden Temple and how many people were with him.
Person taken in custody for alleged attempt of sacrilege at Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple) is dead. He was taken into custody by @SGPC staff. He was first taken to SGPC headquarters. Later his dead body was placed outside SGPC office main gate.@iepunjab @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/7tyMm7vc2T
— Kamaldeep Singh ਬਰਾੜ (@kamalsinghbrar) December 18, 2021
After the incident, a large number of Sikh devotees and various Sikh outfits slammed the SGPC for its laxity.
A heavy police force has been deployed around the SGPC complex at Teja Singh Samundri Hall in order to maintain law and order.