A bunch of individuals in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district allegedly forcefully entered an area church final evening and vandalised a statue of Jesus and Mary. Additionally they set fireplace to the pastor’s automotive. Visuals from the spot present the automotive engulfed in flames and a damaged statue contained in the church.
CCTV footage from the church exhibits an individual in a crimson headgear repeatedly hitting the idol with an axe, decapitating it, and inserting the top on the bottom. Additionally they seem to cover behind the statue at one level, presumably attempting to keep away from detection.
Cops mentioned they’ve “important clues” and that 4 folks had been behind the act. A First Data Report, or FIR, has been lodged.
“A number of infamous parts tried to vandalise the idol of Jesus and set ablaze a automotive at Church in Patti. We’re investigating the matter and have important clues. There have been 4 folks, we’re behind the culprits. We hope to resolve it quickly. An FIR has been lodged,” RS Dhillon, Senior Superintendent of Police,” mentioned.
The incident comes on a day when the Akal Takht Jathedar, head of the very best temporal seat of the Sikhs, issued an announcement towards “compelled conversions” by Christian missionaries.
“So-called Christian missionaries have been forcibly changing Sikhs by way of fraudulent practices. Sikhs and Hindus of Punjab are being misled and transformed. That is occurring proper beneath the federal government’s nostril. Although there are provisions within the legislation to e-book for superstitious practices within the title of faith, no authorities is able to act towards them (missionaries) on account of vote financial institution politics,” Giani Harpreet Singh had mentioned in a Facebook live video statement yesterday.
The assault is being seen as a repercussion of this assertion; Sikh leaders have been vocal towards alleged conversion makes an attempt by Christian missionaries within the state.
Punjab is a border state, and we got here to know that international funding is coming right here to run these spiritual campaigns, Giani Harpreet Singh mentioned, interesting to the Centre to “management it instantly”.
The incident is from the Thakarpur village of Patti meeting constituency of Tarn Taran district.
Nihang Sikhs, an order of Sikh warriors, have additionally protested towards the problem lately.
The Akal Takht, backing the Nihangs, mentioned “pretend pastors” are deceptive the Sikhs and changing them. “A case needs to be registered towards these pretend pastors beneath the Black Magic Act,” the Sikh physique mentioned.