About 200 Sikh protesters from various organisations on Friday hit the roads of SAS Nagar in protest against the SAD-BJP government for the recent sacrilege incidents and the arrest of two youths of Faridkot.
Police halted them as they were on their way to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s residence in Chandigarh.
Senior SAD leader Prem Singh Chandumajra, accompanpied by Akali minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa, reached the dharna site at YPS Chowk on the SAS Nagar-Chandigarh barrier, bargaining hard with the protesters to end their protest march.
Led by Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale, the protesters were adamant and decided to continue their dharna at YPS Chowk till their demands were met by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and the Punjab government.
The demands included the immediate arrest of the cops involved in the Behbal Kalan police firing, removal of jathedars of the five Takhts and the release of the two youths arrested from a Faridkot village for the sacrilege.
Besides Dhadrianwale, the other leaders included Panthpreet Singh, Baljit Singh Daduwal and Karnail Singh Peermohammad, who were leading the dharna till the filing of this report on Friday night.
They also brought a medical team to pool in blood in a beaker to hand it over to Badal as a mark of protest.
The protesters had begun their journey from Fatehgarh Sahib earlier in the day after offering ‘ardas’ (prayers) there.
After calling the Badal regime “a blood-sucking government”, the Sikh preachers are scheduled to offer their blood to the chief minister, as they had announced earlier in a resolution adopted at the Bargari protest rally near Faridkot on October 25.
Rejecting the involvement of any political party, Dhadrianwale said their fight is for the guru and they would continue their peaceful protest till those responsible for the desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib were found and punished. “We have used the symbolic language of ‘giving blood’ to Badal by which we mean that we would offer our blood to the chief minister in lieu of the recent anti-Sikh activities – firing and lathicharge on protesters -- that took place in Punjab,” he said in his address to the protesters at Fatehgarh Sahib.