A man was beaten to death in the northern Indian city of Amritsar after allegedly attempting to commit a sacrilegious act inside the historic Golden Temple.
The Punjab State Temple is the holiest shrine in Sikhism.
The man was killed by a mob after jumping over a railing to enter the inner shrine, Indian news service NDTV reports.
He then attempted to grab a sword that was kept near Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book, during daily Saturday evening prayers.
Avtar Singh Hit, a Sikh politician from New Delhi, shared televised footage of what appears to be the moment the man attempted to jump the railing.
Worshipers are seen sitting on the ground jumping to their feet before the man appears to be apprehended off camera.
Police told NDTV the man was later killed and they were checking CCTV footage for more information.
Parminder Singh Bhandal, Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar Police, told the station: âThe man, aged around 20 to 25, had a yellow cloth tied to his head and jumped over the fence … in the hallway where there was a violent altercation and he died. “
Charanjit S Channi, the chief minister of the state of Punjab, strongly condemned the incident as an “unfortunate and heinous act to attempt sacrilege”.