The alleged sacrilege of Quran on Friday night was a well-planned conspiracy by the opposition party representatives to spread unrest, said Mohd Izhar Alam, former director general of police (prisons), Punjab on Sunday.
Alam is husband of Akali MLA and chief parliamentary secretary Farzana Nissara Khatoon, whose house was attacked by a mob after nearly 1,000 pages of Quran were found torn and scattered on road at Malerkotla on Friday night.
Alam said the attackers came well-prepared as they were carrying firearms, petrol bombs and rods. He said the attackers had the backing of the opposition party.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Sangrur member of Parliament Bhagwant Mann, who visited Malerkotla on Sunday, said some people were trying to disturb peace in the state as all sacrilege incidents have a similarity. The state government has failed to maintain peace and harmony in the Punjab, he said, adding that the incident needs an impartial probe and the guilty should be brought to the book.
He said party convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will visit Malerkotla in July to participate in the event of “roza iftar”.
He said the party’s first list of candidates for the upcoming assembly elections would be out by July-end.