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Harmanjeet Singh, 22, was killed after an altercation with three Nihangs — a radical Sikh warrior sect known for dressing in blue robes, carrying swords, and a puritanical moral code.
The trio had accused Singh of being drunk and consuming tobacco — both prohibited under the religion's codes of conduct.
"The incident occurred in full public view," Amritsar police commissioner Arun Pal Singh told reporters Thursday, a day after the murder.
"Onlookers watched the entire episode at Kahia Wala Bazar on Wednesday night and did not come forward to prevent it." Police had arrested all three men by Friday afternoon, officers said.
The protection of shrines is a highly sensitive issue for the Sikh faith, and the consumption of tobacco, liquor or drugs on a holy site is considered an act of desecration.
The killing took place in a market just a few minutes' walk from the Golden Temple, the headquarters of the religion's most senior clergy and home of its holy book of scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib.Agence France-Presse
"We traced it back to (Kumar's) home and got his wife to identify the body. She promptly identified it as his husband's body. However, we were not convinced." Police got a tip-off that Kumar was still alive and caught him outside his home on Friday.
The murder was committed near the Kashmiri Gate area and the accused then drove with the dead body all the way to his dhaba (roadside food joint). He was in a relationship with the victim.
To dodge any suspicion, the murderer even searched for the boy along with the family. The partially burnt body of the child was recovered from the jungles and the accused was arrested, the police said.
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