Mahinderpal Bittu, a follower of the Dera sect Sacha Sauda, was charged in the case related to the desecration of Shri Guru Granth Sahib in Bargari, Faridkot in 2015.
File photo of protests against the desecration of a Guru Granth Sahib in Punjab. (AFP)
Chandigarh: The main suspect in a 2015 sacrilege case was reportedly killed by two prisoners in a Nabha prison in Punjab, prompting the possibility of community violence.
The incident occurred around 5:15 pm Saturday when Mahinderpal Bittu was attacked by other prisoners. Bittu was rushed to the Nabha civil hospital near Patiala, but he was pronounced dead, police said.
Officials said preliminary investigations revealed that Bittu (49), a Faridkot resident, was reportedly attacked by Gursewak Singh and Maninder Singh, who were housed in Nabha prison in a murder case.
Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh has ordered an investigation into the attack on the main suspect in Bargari's sacrilege in New Nabha prison, warning of the harsh punishment of the attackers, an official statement said.
Bittu, a follower of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect, was charged in the case related to the desecration of Shri Guru Granth Sahib in Bargari, Faridkot in 2015.
Additional director-general of the Prisons, Rohit Chaudhary, will be the head of the investigative committee, who was asked to present the report within three days, the statement said.
"The inquiry will be in addition to the mandatory judicial inquiry into the murder of the accused, Mahinderpal Bittu, who was arrested last year," he said.
The chief minister ordered him to strengthen security in the state after the attack on Bittu, while appealing to all communities to keep the peace and "not give in to the rumors." Those involved in the attack would face punishment, he said.
(With PTI entries)