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SGPC chief floats conspiracy theory to justify lynching

There has been a constant attempt since the incidents of lynching to divert public attention from the legal to the religious issue, now sanctified by the SGPC

Continuing with the attempt to deflect public attention from the two acts of lynching, an issue of law, to blasphemy or sacrilege, an issue of faith, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Harjinder Singh Dhami has expressed apprehension of a “big conspiracy” behind the alleged sacrilege attempt at the Golden Temple and said the man involved in it seemed to have received “commando training”.

The SGPC head claimed further that the law allows a person to kill in self-defence, suggesting that this is what happened at the Golden Temple when the man was lynched after the alleged sacrilege attempt.

Defying the video evidence in what appeared the act of a deranged man, Dhami told reporters that suspecting foul play, the SGPC task force had stopped the man from entering the Golden Temple but he managed to gain entry inside the sanctum sanctorum after the shift of task force members changed in the evening.

“I feel that he had undergone commando training from the way he jumped the railing and did it (made a sacrilege attempt) in just six seconds. There is a big conspiracy behind it,” Dhami said.

On being asked that the man was lynched when caught by the SGPC task force, Dhami said “devotees were angry over this incident”. The man had picked a sword and was going to attack the holy Guru Granth Sahib, which is considered a living entity by Sikhs, Dhami said. He said one could kill a person in self-defence if he attacked with an intention of murder and the law does not consider it as an offence.

Before the task force members could do anything, the man was beaten up by the angry crowd that led to his death, he said, although the video shows men inside the precincts where Guru Granth Sahib is placed attacking the man.

Dhami said the SGPC would set up its own special investigation team to “bring out the truth”.

The incident had taken place on the evening of 18 December when the man jumped golden grills inside the sanctum sanctorum, picked a sword and reached near the place where a Sikh priest was reciting the holy Guru Granth Sahib.

Less than 24 hours after the incident, another man was lynched for allegedly “disrespecting” the Sikh religious flag at a gurdwara in a Kapurthala village on Sunday morning, which the SGPC chief did not speak about.

Police have registered complaints over the alleged sacrilege attempts in both cases but no FIR appears to have been registered in connection with the deaths.

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