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Seven arrested for sacrilege
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Barnala, October 2
The police today arrested five followers of Baba Piara Singh Bhaniaranwala, from different parts of the district while they were trying to create trouble at places of worship.

Mr K.S. Sandhu, SSP, said Gurcharan Singh, Nek Singh and Parvinder Singh were arrested while they were trying to desecrate a place of worship in Thuliwal village.

In another incident, the police recovered a copy of the Bhavsagar Granth from Nirbhai Singh and his wife Manjit Kaur in Theri Kalan village. Their accomplice identified as Saudagar Singh escaped.

Mr Sandhu said the police was on full alert and ‘thikri pehra’ had been introduced in the villages.

He said cases against the accused had been registered under Sections 295-A and 298 of the IPC.

Fatehgarh Sahib: Two persons were arrested in connection with sacrilege at Tarkhan Majra village near Sirhind two days ago. A case has been registered under Sections 295A, 427, 436, 457 and 120B of the IPC against the two.

Talking to The Tribune Mr Sanjeev Gupta, DIG, Patiala Range, who came to interrogate the miscreants said the district police had rounded up certain persons from the village and some followers of Baba Bhaniaranwale in the district. He said on interrogation Balbir Singh, alias Bheeru, confessed to having committed the crime on the directions of the Baba.

The DIG said police patrolling had been intensified in the district and officials had been asked to inform village panchayats and managing committees of the religious places to keep a strict vigil in their areas.

The SSP, Mr H.S. Saran, said the district police had constituted various parties to nab the suspects. He said the Sirhind police led by Charanjit Singh, DSP, had arrested them. He said the police had also recovered objectionable material and the banned ‘granth’ from them.

When this correspondent visited Tarkhan Majra the native village of accused Rampal Singh, who is an employee of the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation at Sirhind, his family was not aware of his involvement in the case. His brother Manjit Singh and his son Gurpreet Singh said Rampal Singh had been falsely implicated in the case due to the village politics.Back

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