In a relief to the beleaguered Punjab government that has been grappling with the law and order trouble for the past over one-and-a-half month in view of the unrest across the state, Sikh religious preachers have announced to not go ahead with the programme to gherao the houses of Akali ministers and MLAs.
A meeting of Sikh preachers in Bathinda on Sunday decided that since their two leaders-Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale and Daler Singh-have been put under house arrest by Punjab Police, their plan to gherao ministers stands deferred. “The final decision in this regard would be taken in the presence of the two leaders,” said Sikh preachers.
The meeting was attended by Panthpreet Singh, Balwant Singh Nandgarh, Kewal Singh, Sukhjit Singh Khosa, Satnam Singh Chander and Kirpal Singh.
Giving details, Kirpal Singh said the three main demands raised during the ‘bhog’of the two police firing victims were: arrest of real culprits behind the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib, release of the two brothers framed by police in Bargari desecration case, case against the police officer responsible for opening fire on protesters at Behbal Kalan.
Kirpal Singh said the meeting observed that the Punjab government has handed over the case to the CBI, two brothers accused in the Bargari case have been released and police have added the name of then Moga SSP Charanjit Sharma in the case pertaining to opening of fire on agitators.
With unrest still prevailing amongst Sikhs over the desecration of the holy book and farmers angry over loss to their cotton crop due to the whitefly attack, the government fears that protests may spring up in the state in the coming days.
To keep a check on any law and order problem arising out of these protests, two companies of Rapid Action Force and Border Security Force consisting of 90 personnel each were rushed to Bathinda on Sunday. The forces have not been deployed anywhere yet.
Also, the SAD, is apprehensive about the security scenario in view of its Sadbhawna rallies to be organised across Punjab from November 23 onwards.
Facing widespread criticism, Akali ministers, and MLAs have been in virtual hibernation these days.
SP (headquarters) Nanak Singh said that paramilitary forces have been called to tackle the law and order trouble, if any, in the coming days.