Sikh protesters blocked Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur highway on Wednesday afternoon after holding a peaceful protest at Khurdpur village in Adampur since morning.
SP investigation HPS Khakh said that heavy force had been deployed to maintain peace and to prevent any untoward incident.
Around 200 Sikh protesters gathered at Khurdpur village to stage protest after a meeting between police and Sikh leaders held on Tuesday night to arrest a woman accused of desecrating a bir (copy) of Guru Granth Sahib at Adampur failed to yield any outcome.
A Sikh leader had said that they would hold a peaceful protest on Wednesday, and if cops failed to trace the accused woman, they would block the traffic on the highway on Thursday.
The matter came to light on October 25, when devotees were on their way to return a ‘bir’ of Guru Granth Sahib at the Harsar Gurdwara as part of a three-day religious programme. The ‘granthi’ Avtar Singh Tari asked them to come after sometime since the room was locked.
Later, when members of the village gurdwara committee requested the devotees to place the ‘bir’ in the gurdwara, they found that the lock of the room was broken and pages of the holy book were torn and scattered on a bench.
Suspecting Tari of the misdeed, the villagers traced him and thrashed him before handing him over to the police, which brought him to Adampur police station.
In the meantime, nearly 300 Sikh protesters, equipped with sharp-edged weapons and sticks, gathered outside the police station and asked the cops to hand over the ‘granthi’ to them.
They refused to lift the blockade till the names of persons involved in the sacrilege incident were made public. However, later they lifted dharna by giving a two-day ultimatum to the police.
A case was registered under sections 295A (hurting religious sentiments), 34 (committing crime with a common intention) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.