The police foiled an attempt by women activists of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) to stage a protest outside Tittarsar Sahib gurdwara near Maur on Sunday against the state government where a ‘bhog’ ceremony to pray for peace in the state was being held by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on the call of deputy chief minister and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal. Public Works Department (PWD) minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon was present inside the gurdwara to attend the ceremony.
The activists were led by their leader Balwinder Kaur.
The activists had decided to hold a protest to demand compensation at the rate of `40,000 per acre for the loss of cotton crop in Punjab due to the whitefly attack.
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP), Maur, Gobinder Singh, said that none of the activists was arrested and they were just stopped from marching towards the gurdwara to prevent disruption of the ‘bhog’. Meanwhile, ‘bhogs’ were also held at Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda and Kaljharani in the district in view of the desecration incidents.
Six booked for attack on MLA’s vehicle
The police have booked six people for attacking the vehicle of Akali MLA Darshan Singh Kotfatta and SGPC member Amrik Singh Kot Shamir during a protest against the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib at Talwandi Sabo on Friday.
The accused booked under sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) and 427 of IPC have been identified as Jassa Singh from Jaga Ram Tirath, Sinder Singh from Bhagiwander, Parminder Singh, Avtar Singh, Moti Singh and Pippal Singh, all residents of Talwandi Sabo.
The protesters had attacked the vehicle of Amrik Singh in which Kotfatta and Amrik Singh were heading towards Talwandi Sabo on Friday afternoon to pay obeisance at a gurdwara there.