Demanding action against the Dalits allegedly responsible for “disturbing” communal harmony on Friday night, Sikh residents of the nearby Hirapur village on Monday blocked traffic at the Clock Tower Chowk and raised slogans.
Nearly 50 villagers, led by some Sikh leaders, had earlier gathered at the local press club and claimed that some Dalits had fabricated a false story of attacks on them to intimidate certain Sikhs living in the village.
Sarpanch Daljit Singh, accused of setting a vehicle ablaze on Friday night, alleged, “They themselves torched the vehicle on Friday night and levelled false allegations against the Sikhs who were warning Rajinder Kumar, a Dalit, for his anti-community activities. They were annoyed as Rajinder spoke against their holy books.”
“We demand action against the Dalits responsible for the incident on Friday night, and that those who had two copies of the Guru Granth Sahib and are now reporting them as missing, return them with due respect and dignity,” he added.
Panch Surjit Singh said, “If the police fail to resolve the matter, we would be forced to start an agitation.”
On Friday night, Rajinder Kumar, Kumar, general secretary of the district backward and minority committee employees' federation, had alleged that the sarpanch had torched his gypsy car ablaze, destroying a religious book kept in the vehicle.
Police had registered a case under Sections 436 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house) and 427 (mischief causing damage) against unknown people.
The dharna was later lifted after assurance of action was given by senior police officials.