Amritsar: The sound of gun shots pierced the peace of Amritsar's famous Golden Temple and a stray bullet narrowly missed an SGPC 'sewadar' (worker) on Thursday where the holiest of Sikh shrines Harmandar Sahib is located.
The bullet, according to police officials in Amritsar, pierced the turban and jacket of the worker, Gurpreet Singh, who was standing near the marbled periphery of the complex.
The bullet scratched Singh's chest, he was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Bullet fired by an unidentified person from outside Golden Temple hits an SGPC employee on duty in Golden Temple. pic.twitter.com/e4DHolekgL
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The incident set off panic among a section of devotees as the bullet landed on the floor. Hundreds of devotees had thronged the shrine on the day of Makar Sankranti.
Senior police and SGPC officials rushed to the spot. "We are investigating the origin of the bullet. It is still a mystery from where it came," a police officer said.