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Man Beaten to Death for Touching Holy Bejeweled Sword in India

The 'sacrilegious act' was broadcast live on local television

 on 21st December 2021 @ 12.00pm
the man s crossing was captured by cctv before he was attacked © press
The man's crossing was captured by CCTV before he was attacked

A man was beaten to death by a mob of Sikhs inside the historic Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, after he allegedly attempted to intrude on the shrine’s inner sanctum and handle holy objects, including the jewel-encrusted sword.

According to the Hindustan Times, the man's crossing was captured by CCTV cameras, which saw him pass the barricade separating praying Sikhs from the shrine’s holiest section.

The sacrilegious act was broadcast live on local television during the evening prayers.

The man, who is not yet identified, was believed to be in his early 20s and “stepped inside the central enclosure of the sanctum sanctorum where the [Sikh] holy book Guru Granth Sahib is placed [and] picked up a diamond-encrusted sword,” according to police.

the mass of sikh pilgrims witnessing the incident inside the temple interpreted the act as attempted sacrilege © press
The mass of Sikh pilgrims witnessing the incident inside the temple interpreted the act as attempted sacrilege

“[T]he man could be seen … approaching the priest who was reciting evening prayers,” the newspaper detailed on December 21.

The mass of Sikh pilgrims witnessing the incident inside the temple interpreted the act as attempted sacrilege.

They surrounded the suspect as employees of the Golden Temple apprehended the individual moments after his intrusion.

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Golden Temple officials told the Hindustan Times:

“As The man’s act was telecast on live television during the broadcast of evening prayers at the shrine, word spread fast and angry pilgrims grabbed him even as he was being taken away by employees of the SGPC … and beat him to death before police arrived,."

“The man, about 20 to 25 years of age, had a yellow cloth tied on his head and jumped the fence."

"The people inside held him and escorted him out to the corridor where there was a violent altercation and he died,” Parminder Singh Bhandal, deputy commissioner of Amritsar police, told New Delhi Television (NDTV) on December 19.

 the man  about 20 to 25 years of age  had a yellow cloth tied on his head and jumped the fence © press
'The man, about 20 to 25 years of age, had a yellow cloth tied on his head and jumped the fence'

As Breitbart reported:

The Punjab state government formed a special investigation team (SIT) on December 19 to probe the alleged sacrilege attempt at the revered Sikh temple. The SIT announced on December 21 it had already registered an initial police report “on the sacrilege bid under section 295-A (outraging religious sentiments) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code” despite not having charged any of the men accused of beating the suspect to death with attempted murder so far.

The “attempt to murder” charge against the accused suspect, now deceased, seems to refer to his alleged attempt to physically attack the Sikh priest leading Saturday evening prayers at the Golden Temple on December 18.

“[M]urder proceedings against the killers of the accused man will be done only after [the suspect’s] autopsy reports,” Punjab’s SIT told the Hindustan Times on December 21.

“Our investigation is going on. After the investigation, we will also consider the post mortem report."

After going through both, we will carry out the pending legal proceedings required in this case,” Amritsar deputy police commissioner Parminder Singh Bhandal, who is heading Punjab’s SIT, told the Hindustan Times on Tuesday.

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