Two days after the death of two men in a police firing incident at Behbal Kalan village in a protest against desecration of ‘bir’ (copy) of Guru Granth Sahib, protesters continued to block roads at many locations in the Malwa belt of the state on Friday.
The road remained blocked at Goniana, Talwandi Sabo, Bhagta and Kotshamir in Bathinda district, while protesters continued to block Maura-Mansa road in Mansa district.
The protesters also blocked Kotkapura-Bathinda road at Bargari and Dhilwan Kalan on Friday.
Meanwhile, the call for Punjab bandh against the sacrilege evoked substantial response across Punjab on Thursday, crippling normal life at many places.
The bandh led to near-total shutdown of districts in Malwa and Doaba, while it evoked a mixed response in Majha, including Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts.
Tension had been brewing in Kotkapura town of Faridkot district since Monday whenr more than 100 of the Guru Granth Sahib, which was stolen in June, were found torn and strewn at Bargari village. On Wednesday, two men were killed and 62 persons, including 35 policemen, injured in bloody clashes between police and Sikh protesters in Kotkapura. Kishan Singh, 45, of Niami Wala village and Gurjit Singh, 20, of Sarawan village were killed after police opened fire at protesters at Behbal Kalan village, 10 km from Faridkot.