The police detained over 75 persons from Basti Jodhewal and Meharban area who had gathered for ‘prayers’ amid massive protests against the sacrilege of the holy book on Wednesday.
Those held were said to be sitting on the roadsides peacefully. Later, the detainees were released in the evening. Heavy police force was deployed in the city.
Balwant Singh, one of the area resident, said that he got a text message on his mobile phone for offering prayers for the Sikhs protesting in Moga. They gathered at a local gurdwara and came on road for mass prayers. “The people were sitting on the roadsides. They neither shouted slogan nor blocked traffic,”he said.
Some people had also gathered at Jagraon Bridge but the police managed to get them pacified. The cops appealed to the protesters to maintain peace so that law and order can be maintained.
Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Narinder Bhargav said the Sikh activists were not detained. “They were just pacified,”said the DCP.
Other senior officers including additional deputy commissioners, assistant commissioner of police and SHOs were also present to ensure peace. The DCP also appealed to the public to maintain peace and harmony in the city and avoid circulating messages on social networking sites that spread panic.