Punjab Congress chief Sidhu prays at gurdwara for exemplary punishment for those behind 2015 sacrilege incident

Navjot Singh Sidhu offered prayers at the Burj Jawahar Singh Wala gurdwara in Faridkot from where a copy of the Guru Granth Sahib was stolen in 2015.

November 06, 2021 12:16 pm | Updated 12:17 pm IST - Chandigarh:

 Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu. File.

Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu. File.

Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday visited a gurdwara in Faridkot and prayed that those involved in the desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib in 2015 be given exemplary punishment that will be “a deterrent for generations to come”.

This came a day after Mr. Sidhu withdrew his resignation as Punjab Congress chief and targetted his party-led State government over the sacrilege case.

Mr. Sidhu offered prayers at the Burj Jawahar Singh Wala gurdwara in Faridkot from where a copy of the Guru Granth Sahib was stolen in 2015.

“Ardas at Gurudwaara saheb Burj Jawahar Singh wala, Bargari .... Praying for exemplary punishment for those involved in the sacrilege of Guru Granth saheb ji ... should be a deterrent for generations to come!” Mr. Sidhu said in a tweet.

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He also interacted with some locals at the gurdwara over the issue. During a press conference on Friday, Mr. Sidhu had questioned the Charanjit Singh Channi-led State government over the steps taken for the delivery of justice in sacrilege cases and making public a special task force report in drug cases in the past 50 days.

Mr. Sidhu also said he would assume charge as Punjab Congress chief the day the new advocate general and a panel for the appointment of the new Director General of Police is appointed.

The Amritsar East legislator has opposed the appointment of State Advocate General A. P. S. Deol and Director General of Police Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota, considered as Mr. Channi’s choices.

While Mr. Sahota was the head of the special investigation team (SIT) formed by the previous SAD-BJP government to probe the sacrilege incidents, Mr. Deol had represented former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini, who headed the State police six years ago, in cases related to sacrilege incidents and police firing on protesters.

The previous SAD-BJP government had handed over the three cases – theft of a ‘bir’ [copy] of the Guru Granth Sahib from the Burj Jawahar Singh Wala gurdwara, putting up of handwritten sacrilegious posters in Bargari and Burj Jawahar Singh Wala and torn pages of the holy book being found at Bargari – to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The Congress government, however, had handed over the probe to an SIT of the Punjab Police in September 2018 after the State Assembly passed a resolution withdrawing consent to the CBI to investigate these cases.

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