“Sangat Karugi Insaaf”: How The Anger At Government’s Inaction In The 2015 Sacrilege Cases Leads To Lynchings In The Punjab

After two people were lynched to death for two separate attempts at sacrilege in Amritsar and Kapurthala, Sikh organizations claim that such a reaction would not have taken place had action been taken in the sacrilege of Faridkot in 2015 and in police dismissal cases.

Sangat Karugi INSAF (Justice People) – This seems to be the chorus in the Punjab after two people have been lynched to death in how many days after the sacrilege attempts of the Golden Temple of Amritsar and Gurdwara in Kapurthala, stressing how Congress came to power in 2017 on a promise to punish those guilty of sacrilege, but it fell through and the prime minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, also fled the ship.

With the back foot, the government of Punjab is now reluctant to act and so far no FIR has been recorded in the Amritsar lynching case, although a complaint against the deceased has been filed for sacrilege.

In Kapurthala, senior police officials first confirmed an FIR against four people for the murder of the accused, but then had a twist in Sunday’s press conference which said the FIR “is still on under development “. Even the new SITs put in place by the High Court earlier this year with a 6-month deadline until November to investigate and report on the 2015 cases have not been able to make much headway despite having recently interviewed the ex CM Parkash Singh Badal, then deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal and Baba Ram Rahim imprisoned by Dera Sacha Sauda.

A key defendant and a previously arrested Dera supporter were murdered mysterio typically in prison in 2019. Punjabi congress man Navjot Singh Sidhu argued on Sunday that those who commit sacrilege should be hanged. So far, it seems people have taken inspiration from it to deliver “instant justice.”

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