After the protests by Sikh community against the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib and killing of two Sikhs due to which the environment in Punjab was tensed, now farmers’ bodies reacted to the issue.
Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ughara) on Friday held a peace march at Malaudh town of Ludhiana district, claiming that it was government’s tactics to divert the attention of people.
They also launched a poster against communal violence, stating “Be aware from divide and rule, maintain peace and brotherhood”. The poster condemned the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib and killing of two Sikhs and demanded compensation for victim families. BKU (Ughara) also mentioned in the poster that government is nervous due to their struggle and unity.
Union district general secretary Sudhagar Singh said, “The government is diverting people’s intention from farmers’ issues and other basic need of citizens, so we held a peace march at Malaudh in Ludhiana district. We condemn the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib and killing of two Sikhs. We appeal the people to maintain peace.”
BKU (Ughara) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan said, “We organised a peace march at Barnala, Bathinda, Mansa and other places. The incident of the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib is well organised by the Punjab government to convert attention from basic issues of Punjab. It is the conspiracy of state government.”
Kokri Kalan said, “We have decided the destinations, where we will gherao ministers in the state on October 23. Our call for the gherao of ministers will be successful. While we are arranging peace march, we will organise people for October 23 call too.”
BKU (Dakunda) general secretary Jagmohan Singh said, “I don’t think the state government was behind this incident. But, Punjab government takes a lot of time to act on issues. The incident of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib has hurt the feelings of Sikh community. Divided power of youth came on the roads and forced the state to take action. When people came on roads, an inquiry has been marked. But, it should have been done many days ago. When farmers were on railway tracks for seven days, Punjab government didn’t do anything. They called a meeting, which could have been organised earlier.”
Singh said, “The irresponsible attitude of state government is very dangerous and it should be criticised because government has failed to do its duty.”
It is pertinent to mention here that during the massive protests by Sikh communities in the past days, a huge number of youths and women came out on roads with swords and sticks demanding the arrest of culprits.