Man arrested for attempted sacrilege bid at Patiala temple; politicians condemn incident

In a video, which surfaced on social media, the man is seen climbing the enclosure of the temple and reached the place where the idol of the goddess is placed, said police.

Press Trust of India January 25, 2022 13:58:53 IST
Man arrested for attempted sacrilege bid at Patiala temple; politicians condemn incident

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Chandigarh: A man was arrested here for an alleged sacrilege bid at the historic Kali temple in Patiala on Monday, police said.

In a video, which surfaced on social media, the man is seen climbing the enclosure of the temple and reached the place where the idol of the goddess is placed, said police.

The accused has been identified as Rajbir Singh, resident of Nainkalan village, Patiala Deputy Superintendent of Police Ashok Kumar said over the phone.

The accused has been arrested and a case under relevant sections, including 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the IPC has been registered against him, said the DSP.

Meanwhile, several political leaders condemned the incident and expressed fear of spreading of communal hatred by some vested interests ahead of the Punjab Assembly polls.

Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi tweeted:

Former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh also condemned the incident and said, “Repetitive attempts to disturb peace in Punjab will not be tolerated. I urge @ECISVEEP to take strict action so that the atmosphere in the state is not disturbed.”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said conspiracies to spoil the atmosphere in Punjab are continuing as he condemned the sacrilege attempt in Patiala.

“The attempt of sacrilege at Shri Kali Mata Mandir of Patiala is highly condemnable. The accused should be given strict punishment,” said Kejriwal in a tweet.

He also mentioned the sacrilege bid at the Golden Temple in Amritsar last month. The AAP leader demanded that those who conspire to carry out sacrilege incidents should be exposed and be given the strictest punishment.

Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal also condemned the incident.

He said in a tweet:

A sacrilege bid had also taken place inside the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple in Amritsar last month and later the man was beaten to death.

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