BRADFORD, UK—The Superintendent of Police in the West Yorkshire city of Bradford revealed in a community meeting that they had finally discovered the circumstances surrounding the beadbi (blasphemy) that took place exactly a week ago.
Sikh24 has learned that a young Catholic female was identified through ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras and then tracked to her address, where she revealed that she was indeed the person who had taken Guru Granth Sahib Ji to the Gurdwara Sahib.
The police explained that the culprit’s mother was once married to a Granthi (caretaker), who had passed away in 2010. The mother herself passed away a few years later and the Christian daughter was advised by a friend to return various Sikh artifacts to Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara Sahib. She had hired a vehicle to remove possessions during a house move that she is currently undertaking and after returning home from a late work shift, she visited the Gurdwara Sahib and tried to put the saroop through the railing bars, due to the gates being locked.
She couldn’t fit the saroop through the bars so she attempted to rest the saroop upon the gate which then subsequently fell over. She then left in the vehicle, as seen in the CCTV footage released by Sikh24 earlier this week.
The police revealed that the individual was extremely upset when she realised the widespread hurt that she had caused and wanted to take an opportunity to apologize. The local sangat is now arranging for select individuals to meet the female, in order to provide closure to both sides.
The police, however, was still heavily rapped by the sangat for appearing to be so complacent in the first half of the week. They readily admitted they had not understood the severity of the case and openly apologised. Ongoing liaison will continue to help police keep abreast of Sikh sentiments and practises.
The joint six Gurdwara committee of Bradford are to formalise a selection of young and old individuals who can effectively communicate with the female involved and feed back to the sangat.
Sikh24 has confirmed that WYPO will not be classifying this as a hate crime but as a hate incident, where no charges will be made.
The Sikh Council UK continues to communicate with the force to see the matter through.Given the current climate of intolerance, post Brexit, police are being asked to remain vigilant as threat of hate crime still remains high. But for now, this seemingly innocent event is being slowly put to rest.