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As tensions rise, another Sikh holy book found torn

Torn pages of a Sikh religious scripture were on Sunday found in Ghwaddi village of the district after which heavy police force was summoned to avert any untoward incident.

punjab Updated: Oct 18, 2015 18:50 IST
The state has witnessed a spate of protests (above) last week over alleged desecration of Sikh holy books and two persons lost their lives in police action, prompting chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to appeal for calm.
The state has witnessed a spate of protests (above) last week over alleged desecration of Sikh holy books and two persons lost their lives in police action, prompting chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to appeal for calm. (HT Photo)

Torn pages of a Sikh religious scripture were found on Sunday in Ghwaddi village of the district after which heavy police force was summoned to avert any untoward incident.

The state has witnessed a spate of protests last week over alleged desecration of Sikh holy books and two people have lost their lives in police action, prompting chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to appeal for calm to assuage the community.

Three alleged instances of desecration of Sikh holy books have recently taken place. On Sunday, 20 pages of a ‘bir’ (religious scripture) of Guru Granth Sahib were found torn in Gurudwara Ravi Dass of the village here.

Scores of villagers gathered at the Gurudwara after hearing the news following which the police intervened and deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Narinder Bhargwa, along with a heavy police force, reached to the spot.

“The situation is tense but under control. Police is keeping a vigil,” the DCP said.

Several Sikh leaders of the area, including village sarpanch and president of the Gurudwara collected the torn pages and handed it over to the head granthi of historic gurudwara Katana Sahib.

Police have registered a case of sacrilege against the unknown persons. Upset over the series of incidents of sacrilege in the state, Rajinder Kaur, an SGPC member from Ludhiana, resigned from the membership of the committee today.

Meanwhile, several Sikh youths sat on ‘dharna’ near the residence of Avtar Singh Makkar, president of the SGPC, to express their resentment of the recent incidents.

Protesters raised slogans against the Punjab government and Makkar, police said.

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