AMRITSAR SAHIB, Punjab—A session court of Amritsar, headed by Session Judge Sri Shiv Mohan Garg, on September 26 delivered a seven years sentence to the three culprits found guilty of desecrating Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, in village Ramdiwali Musalmana last year. The three culprits have been also fined 7000 rupees by the court.
Sharing the development with Sikh24, Advocate Bhagwant Singh Sialka said that the culprits have been found guilty under sections 380, 511, 427, 436 & 457, 295-A (hurting religious sentiments) of the Indian Penal Code.
On the intervening night of March 12 and 13 in 2016, two holy scriptures of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji was desecrated in the Gurdwara Shaheed Baba Jeevan Singh Ji of village Ramdiwali Musalmana of Majitha constituency. The culprits had set ablaze several Gutka Sahib, Rumalas and articles of Gurdwara Sahib and had stolen money from the Golak.
Village residents including its official head (Sarpanch) Kirpal Singh, had caught the culprits Prem, Raju Masih and Shamsher, at the location, and several questionable articles such as diesel and matchsticks, were recovered from them.
The SGPC President Prof. Kirpal Singh Badungar has warmly welcomed the Amritsar Court’s verdict. He has said that the Gurbani verses scripted in Sri Guru Granth Sahib teaches lessons of humanity and communal harmony, but miscreants try to spread communal disharmony by desecrating Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
Congratulating the prosecution lawyer Advocate Bhagwant Singh Sialka for succeeding in bringing the desecration culprits to justice, Prof. Badungar said that now the desecrators will think thousand times before committing such a sin.
Prof. Kirpal Singh Badungar has appealed the Indian government and Judiciary to make special arrangements to bring the desecration culprits to justice by speeding up the investigation and organize special courts to punish culprits.