Punjab | Asia Samachar | 25 April 2015
Punjab police have detained at least 15 people in connection to a granthi bashing incident in the Kapurthala, Punjab, that shocked many after its video footage made rounds on the social media front.
Describing the incident as ‘shocking’, a Tribune News Service report said the incident involved the thrashing of three granthis allegedly by the members of Satkar Committee.
The Kapurthala police had slapped an attempt to murder, kidnapping and other charges on the 15 persons. Sukhjit Singh Khosa was identified as the head of the Lohian Khas satkar committee, the report added.
The video, which also reached via WhatsApp in Southeast Asia and seen by Asia Samachar, showed a group of Sikh men thrashing one-by-by the three granthis in an enclosed room. The incident was captured on video with a voiceover in Punjabi, purportedly trying to justify the actions of the men involved.
One of the victims, an elderly man, could be seen lying on the floor voluntarily. When the beating started, he got up crying in pain, trying to stop the man form continuing the bashing with the bat. At that point, his turban came off.
THE TNS REPORT ADDED:
Gurnam Singh, residents of Khwaspur village in Taran Taran, told the police that on March 27, they had gone to conduct akhand path at some religious place in Sidhupur village near Shahkot.
“On March 29, when we were returning home, three persons kidnapped and took us to an isolated place in Pamna village near Sultanpur Lodhi. We were brutally beaten up by over 12 persons with bats on the plea that akhand path cannot be conducted at ancestral place,” said the granthis to the police adding that they belonged to Satkar Committee.
Apart from beating them up, they also videographed the entire thrashing episode and later uploaded it in the Facebook and other social networking sites, alleged the victims.
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