Sangat Karugi Insaaf: In 2015, sacrilege cases are fueling lynchings in Punjab, anger against the government’s inaction

Sangat Karugi Insaaf (People will judge) – It seems that two people were put to death and one after the sabotage attempts at the Golden Temple in Amritsar in Punjab. Gurudwara In Kapurthala, highlighting how the issue of sacrilege remains the biggest emotional issue in the electoral state.

Punjab Police and central agencies are now working overtime to unearth the “conspiracy” behind it sacrilege attempt Ahead of Punjab Election 2022, But the violent reaction of people to these cases is highlighting a new sense of ‘immediate justice’ as Sikhs feel that the culprits of the big sacrilege cases in Faridkot in 2015 were not punished, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and The inquiry was set up with a series of commissions. Not distributed by the government.

The video of the incidents in Kapurthala shows that the mob paid no heed to the police, who were trying to remove the accused from the spot, with people calling them ‘Sikhs’. Very‘We will get justice after interrogating the accused. Some even say that in the past no action has been taken in more than three dozen cases of sacrilege. The Sikh organization and the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) are also saying that if action had been taken in the previous cases, such a reaction would not have happened.

Punjab Home Minister Sukhjinder Randhawa has now constituted another SIT in the Amritsar case but Sikh organizations say they have seen several such SITs in the past. At least five SITs and two commissions of inquiry have worked since 2015 to bring justice in cases of sacrilege and police firing in Faridkot, but with little success. In protest against the incident of sacrilege, the families of two youths who were killed in police firing in 2015 say that their families had died but the accused of sacrilege are still roaming freely.

Anger in Faridkot (Punjab’s Malwa region) over inaction since 2015 is now visible across the state, especially in the Sikh sect stronghold Majha region, which has Amritsar and Kapurthala, where the latest incidents have taken place.

Congress came to power in 2017 on the promise of punishing those guilty of sacrilege, but did not fulfill it and the then Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh also jumped.

On the backfoot, the Punjab government is now hesitant to act and no FIR has been registered so far in the Amritsar lynching case, though a case of sacrilege has been registered against the deceased. In Kapurthala, senior police officials first confirmed the FIR against four people for the murder of the accused, but later took a U-turn at the press conference on Sunday, saying the FIR is “still in the process”.

Even the new SIT set up by the High Court earlier this year, which had a deadline of 6 months till November for investigation and recently asked former CM Parkash Singh Badal, then deputy, to report in 2015 cases Despite inquiries, not much progress has been made. Dera Sacha Sauda CM Sukhbir Singh Badal and jailed Baba Ram Rahim. A key accused and Dera supporter arrested earlier was mysteriously murdered in jail in 2019.

Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday advocated that the perpetrators of sacrilege should be hanged. As of now, it seems it is the same people who have resorted to this to deliver ‘immediate justice’.

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