Amritsar, December 19 (KMS): A man, believed to be a Hindutva activist, was allegedly beaten to death by Sikh devotees for trying to remove a religious flag from a gurdwara in Kapurthala district n Punjab state of India. This is the second such incident in the state in less than 24 hours.
The incident took place on Sunday morning at Nizampur village in Kapurthala.
The man allegedly tried to remove Nishan Sahib, a religious flag of the Sikhs, at a gurdwara in Nizampur. He was allegedly beaten to death by devotees.
An announcement made from the gurdwara said, “Police and any other agency should not interfere. Police and government are equally responsible for the sacrilege cases,” asking people to gather in large numbers.
Earlier, on Saturday evening, a man was beaten to death after he allegedly tried to desecrate Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikhs, inside the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
The Amritsar Police has stepped up the vigil in and around the Golden Temple complex.
Experts believe that growing support for Sikh referendum for Khalistan, a separate homeland for the Sikhs, worldwide has unnerved Hindutva forces in India and they have started targeting religious places belonging to the Sikh community in the country, particularly in Punjab. KMS—16K