Sacrilege in Punjab: Police arrest two brothers, suspect Australian link

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In the escalating controversy over sacrilege of holy books in Punjab, police have arrested two brothers, who were involved in one of the seven cases, in touch with “someone in Australia.”

“The accused became soft targets of anti-national forces due to greed and ambition of becoming rich,” concludes, a Special Investigation Team (SIT).

ADGP IPS Sahota said the two brothers, identified as Rupinder Singh and Jaswinder Singh, of Panjgrain village of Faridkot, were arrested in connection with the first incident of sacrilege in the state in Bargari village in Faridkot, where a violent clash erupted between police and Sikh protesters in which two persons were killed.

Reading out the transcripts of the calls between the two brothers, before the media in Chandigarh, he said, “Police took them into custody after intercepting their mobile calls between 14 to 16 October.” The brothers were in touch with someone in Australia, he added.

The ADGP said, police is trying to trace the person abroad, and more details of investigations, including the foreign links, would be detailed in a couple of days as Punjab Police was finding the missing links and identifying persons operating from abroad and also their local conduits.

Speaking to media, Sahota, however, did not give details of those accused abroad, on the grounds that it will compromise the investigation.

In connection with the seven incidents, a total of six persons have, so far, been arrested. The incidents took place in the districts of Faridkot, Sangrur, Ludhiana, Amritsar, and Tarn Taran, besides Bhatinda, and Ferozepur. The perpetrators behind Amritsar, Ludhiana, and Tarn Taran incidents have already been arrested, including a woman.

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