They did arrest a physically and mentally challenged cancer patient for attempted desecration at Dittupur Jattan village gurdwara in Patiala district on October 2 after CCTV caught him trying to remove Rumala Sahib (the cloth over Guru Granth Sahib). The gurdwara staff accused this man, Jagdeep Singh (45), also of picking up a sword kept near Guru Granth Sahib when they tried to stop him. Cops said he was under treatment in Ludhiana for mental illness and cancer, but they had booked him on the complaint of a gurdwara committee member, even though they had found no conspiracy angle.
On September 13, Paramjeet Singh of Ludhiana violated sanctity of Takht Kesgarh Sahib in Ropar district by smoking on its premises. Devotees and staff handed him over to police, who added Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) to the FIR registered under the IPC after pressure from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).
Akal Takht jathedar has accused Paramjeet of being linked with Dera Sacha Sauda, claiming his father was not only on dera’s core committee but also sending him money from the US since 2013. Police, however, found him to be a drug addict under treatment for schizophrenia. Ropar SSP Viveksheel Soni said: “So far, we have not found any conspiracy angle… but we’ll not reach any conclusion before the brain mapping and narco tests, for which we have requested the court.” Last October, Fatehgarh Sahib police had booked a 20-year-old man under UAPA for hurting religious sentiments in Jallah and Tarkhan Majra villages, where Sikh protesters had, later, smashed his car. On June 25, a woman of Jaulian village in Sangrur district was arrested based on CCTV evidence that she set a Bir of Guru Granth Sahib on fire in the gurdwara. Kulwant Singh of the Jaulian gurdwara committee said police had dismissed the woman as unstable.