A fresh incident of desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib at Gurusar village in this district has come to light.
Police have rounded up the gurdwara priest, suspecting him to be behind this. As many as 163 pages of the holy book were found scattered on the outskirts of the village on Tuesday morning. Villagers collected the pages and kept them in the gurdwara. The matter was reported to police.
Senior officials rushed to the spot. As the word spread, more people gathered in the village. Heavy police force was deployed as protesters blocked the Barnala-Bajakhana road. Sikh preacher Panthpreet Singh visited the gurdwara while United Akali Dal leader Gurdip Singh and Sikh leader Hardip Singh took part in the road blockade.
SSP Rajeshwar Singh said they rounded up gurdwara priest Karamjit Singh, who is out on bail after being convicted in a murder case. The suspect comes from Bargari village in Faridkot district from where the incidents of desecration of the holy book had started.
A case under section 295-A (hurting religious sentiments) of the IPC has been registered against unidentified people. The SSP said they suspected the priest as he left the gurdwara around 5 am and the pages were found scattered soon after. “The pages are not from the bir at the village gurdwara and were brought from outside,” he said.
Two factions of protesters had a scuffle at Rampura Phul. Supporters of Panthpreet Singh led by Harjit Singh Dhipali and the other faction led by the district president of SAD (Amritsar) had heated exchanges over the timing of the protest. Panthpreet’s supporters tried to persuade the protesters to lift the blockade at 1pm but the other faction objected.