According to Hindustan Times, Police have ruled out any radical organisation’s role in Tuesday’s attack on Giani Mal Singh, jathedar of Takht Keshgarh Sahib, even as assailant Joga Singh’s father apologised to the jathedar for his son’s act.
Talking to mediapersons here on Wednesday, Rupnagar senior superintendent of police (SSP) Varinder Paul Singh said the investigation had revealed that Joga Singh, a resident of Mohalke village in Amritsar district, had no link with any radical group.
When asked about the motive for the attack, the SSP said Joga Singh, who was working as a temporary ‘paathi’ (priest) at Gurdwara Baba Gurditta Ji, Kiratpur Sahib, was upset over the alleged harassment by staff of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).
According to the SSP, two youths from Joga Singh’s village had taken a test for recruitment as ‘paathi’ last month. One of them, Karanbir Singh, cleared the test. Joga Singh took him to the Takht manager for depositing security of Rs 7,500, as per SGPC rules. However, the then manager refused to take the money, saying that Karanbir, a teenager, was too young for the ‘paathi’s’ job.
After the new manager assumed office recently, they managed to deposit the money on the order of the additional manager, but no receipt was given. On Tuesday, Joga Singh visited the manager’s office to get the receipt. Giani Mal Singh was also in the office at that time.
When the jathedar was coming out of the office, Joga Singh tried to tell him about the harassment by the SGPC staff. However, the jathedar failed to notice him in the crowd and went away. Then, in a fit of rage, Joga Singh attacked the jathedar with a kirpan, the SSP added.
When asked whether the attack was linked to the pardon to the Dera Sacha Sauda head, the SSP did not give a direct reply, saying that Joga Singh had told the police that there was resentment among Sikhs over the exoneration.
The SSP added that Joga Singh had been handed over to his family after initiating proceedings under sections 107/151 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) against him.
Meanwhile, Joga Singh’s father Gurpal Singh apologised to Giani Mal Singh for the incident. He was accompanied by Hazur Singh, sarpanch of Mohalke village, and one Sukhjinder Singh. Gurpal Singh also thanked the jathedar for forgiving his son for his mistake.