Protesters lift blockade from Harike bridge after 11 days

  • Surjit Singh, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Oct 26, 2015 10:32 IST
Sikhs protesting on the Harike bridge in Tarn Taran on Sunday. (HT PHOTO)

Hours after the reinstatement of Panj Pyaras by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), protesters lifted the 11-day-long dharna on Sunday from the Harike bridge following the sacrilege incidents of Guru Granth Sahib.

The bridge connects Majha to the Malwa region. The protesters laid a siege to the bridge on October 14 demanding strict action against culprits of the sacrilege incidents, and policemen for firing on the protesters at Behbal Klan village near Kotakpura. They were also demanding removal of Punjab DGP Sumedh Saini.

The protesters had declared that they would end their stir only after Panj Pyaras would perform “ardas” after their reinstatement. Following the SGPC decision, one of the Panj Pyaras Bhai Malkeet Singh, along with Takht Sri Damdama Sahib former jathedar Giani Kewal Singh and Damdami Taksal leader Amrik Singh Ajnala reached the spot and performed the “ardas” to end the agitation.

Senior officials, including Tarn Taran deputy commissioner Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal and SSP Manmohan Sharma were trying to negotiate with the agitators the whole day on Sunday to lift the blockade.

The dharna on the Amritsar-Sri Ganganagar highway at Tarn Taran, which entered the ninth day on Sunday, was also lifted after the Panthic bodies made an appeal to the Sikh protesters to lift blockades from all places during the tribute function held on Sunday at Bargari village in Faridkot district. The “bhog” ceremony was performed at the dharna spot, which was attended by around 100 people.

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