Attack on Mal Singh – Brutally beaten Joga Singh released in a dramatic way

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RoopNagar – In a dramatic series of events, Giani Mal Singh, who was attacked by Joga Singh, has pardoned the assailant and on his request, police has also handed him over to his family.
After Giani Mal Singh said he decided to “pardon” him, Police did not register a case against Joga Singh.
I conveyed my decision to (Rupnagar) SSP Varinder Pal Singh and to (SAD MLA from Ropar) Daljit Singh Cheema that I do not want any case registered against the child,” Giani Mal Singh told media.
However as per unconfirmed reports, Joga Singh was brutally beaten by SGPC workers and threw him in police van. Joga Singh remained unconscious till that evening. In this situation of his critical health, Mal Singh had no other option other than to make a statement of pardoning him to clear his hands.
Nihang Joga Singh
Nihang Joga Singh

WHY JOGA SINGH ATTACKED MAL SINGH?

Ropar Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Varinder Paul Singh said the incident resulted in a spontaneous reaction from the assailant Joga Singh, who was working as an adhoc ‘paathi’ (priest) at Gurdwara Baba Gurditta Ji, Kiratpur Sahib, was upset over the alleged harassment by staff of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).

According to the SSP, two youths from Joga Singh’s village had taken a test for recruitment as ‘paathi’ last month. One of them, Karanbir Singh, cleared the test. Joga Singh took him to the Takht manager for depositing security of Rs 7,500, as per SGPC rules. However, the then manager refused to take the money, saying that Karanbir, a teenager, was too young for the ‘paathi’s’ job.

After the new manager assumed office recently, they managed to deposit the money on the order of the additional manager, but no receipt was given. On Tuesday, Joga Singh visited the manager’s office to get the receipt. Giani Mal Singh was also in the office at that time.

When the jathedar was coming out of the office, Joga Singh tried to tell him about the harassment by the SGPC staff. However, the jathedar failed to notice him in the crowd and went away. Then, in a fit of rage, Joga Singh attacked the jathedar with a kirpan, the SSP added.

When asked whether the attack was linked to the pardon to the Dera Sacha Sauda head, the SSP did not give a direct reply, saying that Joga Singh had told the police that there was resentment among Sikhs over the exoneration.

The SSP added that Joga Singh had been handed over to his family after initiating proceedings under sections 107/151 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) against him.

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