‘Sacrilege’ auction at Patiala temple: Accused of a devotee of goddess Durga, he wanted to kiss the idol, police say

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The man detained for allegedly attempting sacrilege at the Kali Devi temple in Patiala is allegedly a devotee of the goddess and wanted to kiss the idol, police said.

A screenshot from the video shows the accused climbing over the threshold where the idol was kept. (Video: Twitter/@officeofssbadal)

The man arrested for allegedly attempted sacrilege at the Kali Devi temple in Patiala is a devotee of the goddess and wanted to kiss the idol, according to the initial police investigation.

The accused was identified as Rajdeep (35), a resident of Nainakot village located at a distance of 8 km from Patiala.

The police interrogate the accused. Based on the initial investigation, the police said the accused was a follower of Goddess Durga and was trying to kiss the idol.

Eyewitnesses said the accused also tried to kiss one of the worshippers.

The incident, which happened around 2.45pm on Monday, saw the accused climb over the threshold where the idol was kept in the temple. A priest and other worshipers present at the scene grabbed the accused before handing him over to the police.

The defendant was convicted under the relevant sections, including 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage the religious feelings of any class by insulting their religion or religious beliefs) of the IPC.

This incident comes nearly a month after a youth allegedly attempted sacrilege at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. The youth was killed by worshipers in the temple premises.

Political leaders react to attempted ‘sacrilege’ at temple

Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi strongly condemned the attempted sacrilege, saying the “evil elements” were trying to sow chaos by disrupting the peace and harmony of the state.

Channi said, “The bad elements are trying to sow chaos by disrupting the hard-won peace and harmony of the state ahead of the Punjab assembly elections.”

“The accused must be arrested at the earliest. Several attempts are being made in Punjab to disturb the peace,” said Aam Aadmi party leader Arvind Kejriwal.

Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said: “Repeated attempts to disturb the peace in Punjab will not be tolerated. I urge the Election Commission to take strict measures so that the atmosphere in the state is not disrupted.

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