A man was beaten to death by a mob after an alleged sacrilege attempt at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, police said on Saturday.
According to reports, the man had jumped over the railing inside the Golden Temple during the daily evening prayer and tried to touch the sword held in front of Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs. He was stopped and killed by those present.
“Tonight during prayers, a man jumped over the fence and entered the enclosed area. The congregation prayed and bowed,” said Parminder Singh Bhandal, Amritsar’s deputy police chief.
“The man, about 20 to 25 years old, who had a yellow cloth tied around his head, jumped over the fence … the people inside held him and escorted him out to the corridor, where there was a violent altercation, and he died,” he said.
“He was alone. All details will be revealed as there are a lot of CCTV cameras in the area and our team is paying attention and scanning footage. An autopsy will be done tomorrow. We will confirm where he came from,” added Mr. Bhandal.