Amid widespread protests in Punjab over the alleged desecration of Guru Granth Sahib in Faridkot, as many as 21 pages of the holy book were found torn inside a gurdwara in Baath village of Tarn Taran district on Friday.
As the incident came to light, around 500 persons from village and its surrounding areas gathered near the gurdwara, demanding arrest of those behind the sacrilege.
Protesters also blocked various roads in the district. To prevent any untoward incident, heavy police force was deployed in and around the village.
Top officials of the administration, including Tarn Taran deputy commissioner BS Dhaliwal, also reached the spot to ensure that the situation doesn’t go out of control.
Talking to HT, the DC said: “Some pages Guru Granth Sahib were found torn in the village gurudwara. People are upset over this. We are keeping a close eye on the situation.”
Villagers said a woman, who had gone to the gurdwara for reciting gurbani at 3 pm, found as many as 21 pages of a ‘bir’ of Guru Granth Sahib torn. She immediately brought the incident to the notice of other villagers, who then started assembling outside the gurdwara.
Till the reports last came in, a dharna was on at the main chowk of the village.
The Tarn Taran-Goindwal Sahib road was also blocked by protesters at Naurangabad village.