District administration of Ludhiana has ordered that all villages falling under the district should hold night Thikri Pehras (night patrol) to stop the incidents of desecration of Guru Granth Sahib that have taken place in different parts of the state.
District magistrate Rajat Agarwal has ordered to hold these vigils in all parts of the district (excluding areas falling under the jurisdiction of Police Commissionerate Ludhiana) with immediate effect. Agarwal has ordered to hold Thikri Pehras at religious places so that the incidents of desecration of Guru Granth Sahib can be checked.
These orders have been issued by the district magistrate under section 3 of Punjab Village Towns/Patrol Act 1918 and section 144 of CrPC 1973. These orders would remain till January 3, 2016.
Meanwhile a meeting of district administration with the members of peace committee on Thursday, members of religious and social organization jointly condemned the incidents of the desecration and appealed to the people to maintain communal harmony.
Members of organization also shared that such heinous crime is the handiwork of those who want to disrupt hard earned peace and communal harmony of Punjab. They said that some people are also involved in false propaganda on social media, which is a crime and would be dealt with iron hand.
While condemning all the incidents, Rajat Agarwal said that the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib is an act by anti social elements who was to disrupt peace and communal harmony during the festival season. He said that some unscrupulous elements are also actively involved in misguiding the public by posting fake photographs on social media and also appealed that people should not fall prey to it.
Agarwal informed that to check presence of anti social elements, all villages of Ludhiana district have been asked to hold Thikri Pehras. He also urged management committees of religious organisations to install CCTV’s in their premises as well as maintain proper record of people staying or working there.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Narendra Bhargav said that police has asked people managing religious organisations to remain vigilant. He said that the PCR staff has been asked to make rounds of all religious places falling under them on regular basis.
Others, who addressed the meeting included SAD District President (Rural) Santa Singh Umedpuri, BJP District President Parveen Bansal, SSP Ludhiana (Rural) Ravcharan Singh Brar, besides several others.