Police station gheraoed over Granth Sahib’s sacrilege in Ambala

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ambala
  • Updated: May 30, 2014 13:37 IST

Demanding arrest of the accused involved in Guru Granth Sahib’s sacrilege at Shalimar Bagh Gurdwara on May 18, hundreds of Sikh protestors gheraoed Ambala City police station for over three hours on Thursday.

The protest started at 11.30am. The agitators shouted slogans against the police and the district administration.

The demonstration was called off at 2.30pm after deputy commissioner Saket Kumar and senior police officers reached the spot and assured the Sikh community of taking strict action against the accused.

Earlier, on May 26, representatives of several Sikh organisations held a meeting at Manji Sahib Gurdwara and gave an ultimatum that if the culprits were not arrested by May 28, an agitation would be launched the next day.

On May 28, SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar visited the gurdwara and offered the ardas.

While strongly condemning the blasphemy, Makkar appealed the sangat to observe restrain as the administration had been seriously investigating the matter.

Deputy commissioner of police ( DCP) Surinder Pal Singh, on May 26, said one of the accused had been arrested while 10 teams, headed by assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Hitesh Yadav, had been formed the nab the main accused.

The DCP added that the raids had been being conducted across Punjab and Haryana.

Earlier, the community had for med an 11-member action committee to put pressure on the administration to ar rest the culprits.

In his complaint lodged with the police on May 18, the Gurdwara Parbadhak Committee president Manjit Singh had alleged that sewadar Gurpreet Singh had found the locks of the shrine broken while the holy book and gutakas had been missing.

Later, they were found in the bushes at some distance aw ay from the gurdwara. Following the incident great resentment had prevailed in the members of Sikh community.

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