Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday directed the police to withdraw all cases registered against the people protesting against the desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib during the last one week.
In a statement here, he said the sentiments expressed by the protesters were the result of extreme provocation.
“My sentiments have also been deeply outraged by the incident and I can understand the sentiments of the people”, he said.
The deputy CM, who also holds the home portfolio, said he had directed the police to withdraw all cases registered against protestors at Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan as well as other places in the state.
“My conscience does not allow me to spoil the future of youngsters who have reacted in a charged manner”, he said.
Badal also appealed the people to maintain peace and communal harmony.
“There are some forces who want to disturb peaceful atmosphere of the state. We must not let such people succeed in their nefarious designs,” he said.
He also assured the people that government was taking steps to arrest those behind the act.