- Over 50% incidents were carried out on account of revenge/rivalry, domestic quarrel, inadvertent mistakes, etc
- Motive behind 40% remaining cases still unknown
- Over 185 incidents, mostly involving Guru Granth Sahib reported during Oct 12, 2015 to May 31, 2019
Manish Tiwari |Chandigarh
The conspiracy theory of the investigators probing sacrilege incidents in Punjab has fallen flat, with the state police finding that more than 50 per cent cases solved by the police so far had nothing to do with any “deep-rooted or widespread conspiracy”, top sources informed Daily World.
The report has come at a time when the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the sacrilege cases as well as Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan firing incidents during the SAD-BJP regime, has been seeking to establish the conspiracy theory, and link sacrilege cases and a pre-planned conspiracy to transfer of the then Punjab’s Intelligence Chief Hardeep Singh Dhillon and posting of a much junior officer of DIG rank, R K Jaiswal in
A charge-sheet filed by an SIT member and IG (Crime) Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh in a Faridkot court on May 28 had claimed that a series of incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib took place in Punjab soon after Dhillon was transferred on October 10, 2015 and Jaiswal was given the charge of the State Intelligence chief. The first sacrilege incident took place at Bargari on October 12, 2015 — just two days after Dhillon was posted out — and as many as 15 sacrilege cases were registered between October 10 and October 30, 2015 in the state.
However, the data on sacrilege cases compiled by the State police have put the SIT in a bind. Sources privy to the figures of sacrilege cases registered all over Punjab, informed Daily World that out of about 185 sacrilege cases of desecration, mostly involving Guru Granth Sahib (during October 12, 2015 to May 31, 2019), most of the cases traced so far have been found to be “individualistic in nature” — an act committed out of rivalry or mischief, revenge/rivalry, domestic quarrel, inadvertent mistakes or due to unsound mind. In majority of such cases, the State police did not find any “conspiracy angle”, as being widely perceived and propagated.
According to the figures of the desecration cases solved so far, about 10 per cent turned out to be on account of revenge/rivalry, 2.5 due to domestic quarrel and 14 per cent on account of inadvertent mistakes. In several other cases, people with unsound mind were also involved in the incidents of sacrilege. While the accused have been arrested and charge-sheeted in most cases traced so far, the motive behind 40 per cent of remaining sacrilege incidents is still unknown.
It may be recalled that over a month after the removal of Hardeep Dhillon from the post of Intelligence chief and posting of Jaiswal in his place, the then SAD-BJP government had brought back Anil Kumar Sharma, a 1984-batch IPS officer, earlier posted in the RAW and appointed him the State Intelligence Chief on November 15,
Sources further said that Mohinder Pal Bittu, a Sacha Sauda Dera follower, who was recently killed by two inmates in high-security Nabha Jail along with his associates, was the prime suspect in three sacrilege incidents that happened in Burj Jawahar Singh Wala and Bargari villages in 2015.
After their arrest in June last year by the State police in a case of rioting in Moga in 2011, the CBI which is also probing the sacrilege cases in Punjab had taken Bittu and his two associates on remand for interrogation. The premier agency, however, failed to find their involvement in the sacrilege incidents in Bargari and file the charge-sheet, they added.
It may be mentioned that on May 31, Daily World had published an exclusive news report, that fissures had appeared in the SIT constituted to probe sacrilege cases and Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan firing incidents, after other members of the SIT, including its chairman and Director (Bureau of Investigation) Prabodh Kumar had dissociated themselves with the chargesheet filed by IG Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh in connection with the Kotkapura case on May 28.
Subsequently, the SIT had informed the Punjab DGP that other members of the SIT were neither consulted nor shown the charge-sheet before it was filed in a Faridkot court. They had also expressed reservations over the contents of the challan.