Two days after police claimed to have cracked the case involving desecration of Guru Granth Sahib at Bargari village in Faridkot district with the arresting of two brothers, protesters led by Sikh hardliners, who are rejecting the police theory, resorted to protests on the roads, affecting vehicular traffic at several locations across the region.
The participation of protesters and the duration of blockades, however, have gone down considerably.
In Bathinda district, protesters blocked road at Maur, Talwandi Sabo, Rampura Phul, Kotfatta, Gurusar and Goniana. Though protests at Maur and Talwandi Sabo continued throughout the day, road blockade at Rampura Phul on the Bathinda-Chandigarh road lasted for only three hours instead of daylong blockade as was earlier planned.
Keeping in the view the Dussehra occasion, the protesters relented and allowed traffic flow on one lane at Talwandi Sabo. The protest at Kotfatta lasted for three hours.
In the Kotshamir bysection, protesters allowed traffic on the roads to Talwandi Sabo and Maur.
Importantly, police and district administration had started the process to persuade the protesters not to block traffic after the arrest of two brothers in the incident of desecration. However, the Sikh hardliners had announced to carry on the daylong blockades alleging that accused have been framed up by the police and claimed that those booked are baptised Sikhs (priests in gurdwaras) and they cannot commit desecration of Guru Granth Sahib.