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