Tribune News Service
Moga, May 28
Three days after alleged sacrilege of ‘gutka’ (a religious book) at Sukhanand village in the district, the local police have finally registered a case and arrested a suspect.
The suspect, Ram Singh, a resident of Janduke village, Mansa, was spotted in a drunk state on the intervening night of May 25 and 26 outside Gurdwara Dera Baba Bhag Singh of the village holding three religious books.
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On spotting him, local youths called the panchayat. Soon after, hundreds of people gathered at the spot.
The suspect was detained by the local police for investigations the same day, but an FIR under Section 295A of the IPC was registered against him at the Samalsar police station last night. The police announced his arrest today.
Jaswinder Singh, a Sahoke resident, said a video of the local police detaining him was circulated on the social media.
Initially, the suspect tried to flee by throwing away the religious books but he was overpowered by locals. The police later detained him. The suspect was also seen carrying a bag. Investigations were in progress to find out the source of the books.
Former MP Dhian Singh Mand and SAD (Mann) leader Jaskaran Singh of Kahan Singh Wala, who visited the village on May 26, demanded a thorough probe into the incident. There was an attempt to disturb peace and harmony of the state, they claimed.
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