India 100 Rounded Up In Golden Temple "Clean Up"

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1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Amritsar After Friday’s incident in which a two-year-old girl went missing as her father was depositing bags at the cloak room, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), with the help of police, launched a massive operation inside Golden Temple premises against the miscreants late on Saturday night.
There has been a spate of incidents of pick-pocketing, snatching of valuables, including mobile phones. In the operation, over 100 suspected persons were rounded up, including some women. Barring a few, the rest have been released with warning.

“Verification of some of the person is still going on,” said Mukhtiyar Singh, in-charge of Golden Temple. According to him, miscreants are trying to take advantage of the huge rush of devotees to Darbar Sahib on account of summer vacations. “We have enhanced vigil outside the complex but the miscreants manage to enter the shrine and resort to stealing,” he added.

SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar said: “The law and order has to be maintained. It is the duty of the police to control crime outside the shrine while inside we have our own task force to deal with any situation.”

Makkar said he deputed his own personal assistants Manjit Singh and member Jaswinder Singh Advocate to help the police in the operation.

“We were surprised to find that some of the suspected persons had made permanent shelters near the shrine. We have, however, asked the police to be lenient and ensure no innocent devotee gets harassed,” said Manjit Singh. “There were about 25 people who were suspected to be criminals and they were handed over to the police. Now, it is up to the police to carry on with further investigation,” said Advocate.

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