Two cases of sacrilege of sacred religious texts have been reported in Moga and Bathinda districts, police said on Friday.
In the first case, Moga police arrested Ram Singh from Jhanduke village, Mansa, for allegedly committing sacrilege of the Sikh holy text Sri Gutka Sahib at Sukhanand village in the district. Based on Jaswinder Singh’s complaint from Sahoke village, the cops registered a complaint against the accused under section 295-A (Deliberate and Malicious Acts to Outrage Religious Feelings) of the Indian Penal Code ( IPC) at Samalsar police station.
The complainant said the accused, who lives in a nearby “dera”, tore up late Tuesday night and threw three copies of the sacred text on the floor. “We immediately informed the police and a complaint was filed against him,” he said.
In the second case, police found scriptures revered by the Sikh and Hindu communities lying in a rubbish dump in Bathinda on Friday.
Bathinda SSP BS Virk stated that the sacred texts including Sri Gutka Sahib, Hanuman Chalisa and Shiv Chalisa are not torn or damaged. He said a few idols of Hindu deities and photographs of Sikh gurus were also found near the national colony.
The religious material was found in a plastic bag, he said, adding that a case had been registered under Article 295-A of the IPC against unidentified people.