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Holy book desecration: Punjab simmers as blockades continue

india Updated: Oct 21, 2015 14:48 IST

Indian Sikh protesters block the Amritsar- New Delhi highway on the outskirts of Amritsar. (AP Photo)

Punjab continued to simmer on Wednesday over incidents of sacrilege with Sikh activists blocking key roads at many places and paramilitary forces taking out flag marches in sensitive areas.

Police detained two MLA brothers from Ludhiana Simrajit Bains and Balwinder Singh in Ludhiana when they were proceeding to Chandigarh to ‘gherao’ the residence of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, police said.

While Simarjit was detained at Katanikalan, his brother Balwinder was detained at Vardhman chowk. Along with them, 21 of their supporters were also detained.

In the wake of the sensitive situation prevailing in the state after a spate of sacrilege incidents, paramilitary forces have been deployed in four districts -- Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Tarn Taran.

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A report from Phagwara said several Sikh activists blocked Phagwara-Banga-Nawanshahar road near Mehlimudhali village, causing inconvenience to the commuters.

In Amritsar, protesters blocked a road at Amritsar-Jalandhar bypass and Harike in Tarn Taran, demanding action against those who indulged in the sacrilege of a holy book.

Some protesters also blackened the poster of SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar at Lahorigate, police said.

On Tuesday, Punjab Police arrested two brothers in connection with an incident of desecration of a holy book.

The two identified as Rupinder Singh and Jaswinder Singh, of Panjgrain village of Faridkot were arrested in connection with the first incident of sacrilege in the state in Bargari village in Faridkot, where a violent clash between police and Sikh protesters killed two.

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