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Final sacrilege cases report filed, Capt orders action

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday directed the state home department to take further necessary action on the full and final report on sacrilege cases, which was submitted to him on Thursday by Justice (retired) Ranjit Singh.

The Justice Ranjit Singh Commission had earlier, on 30 June, submitted Part-I of his report to the CM. That had dealt with the incidents of sacrilege at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala, Bargari village, Gurusar and Mallke, as well as the firing incident of Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura.

The final report is in three parts, according to an official spokesperson. Part-II deals with incidents of sacrilege in districts SAS Nagar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Rupnagar and Patiala, while Part-III is related to incidents in SBS Nagar (Nawanshahr) and Hoshiarpur.

Part-IV relates to sacrilege incidents in districts Amritsar, Bathinda, Barnala, Faridkot, Fazilka, Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Ludhiana, Mansa, Moga, Sangrur, Sri Muktsar Sahib and Tarn Taran. The complete set of reports, along with Action Taken Report (ATR), will be tabled in the next session of the Assembly which will be held from 24 August.

The Commission was set up in April 2017 by the Amarinder Singh-led Congress government to investigate the various incidents of sacrilege of the holy Guru Granth Sahib and other religious texts. The terms of reference of the Commission were to conduct an enquiry into the cases of sacrilege of holy books, Guru Granth Sahib, Bhagwad Gita and Quran Sharif.

The Commission was also mandated to enquire into the firing in Kotkapura on 14 October 2015 and Behbal Kalan village, Faridkot district, in which two persons died, besides identifying and enquiring into the role of the police officers in incomplete or inconclusive investigations into the earlier incidents of sacrileges so far.

Acting on the first report submitted by the Commission, the Punjab Police has included the names of four police personnel in the FIR registered in 2015 in the Behbal Kalan firing incident. In accordance with the recommendations of the Commission, and on the directives of the CM, the roles of five other police officers will also be thoroughly investigated.