To settle the fire it started by re-launching a book banned for objectionable references to the first Sikh Guru, the Punjab language department on Wednesday burnt the entire stock of the copies.
The department did it on its premises and with the permission of the secretary for higher education and languages.
Employees took bundles of the book out from the store and tore every copy before putting it all to the flames.
Languages director Chetan Singh has said that all copies were withdrawn from the sale counters the day it came to light that it was a banned book.
In 1987, the Punjab government had banned the book, “Janam Sakhi Bhai Bala Da Paath: Parmanikaran Te Aalochnatmak Sampadan”, by Gurbachan Kaur over certain objectionable remarks in it against Guru Nanak. Last week, it was re-launched because of oversight. Sensing that it could snowball into a big controversy, higher education and languages minister Surjit Singh Rakhra has marked an inquiry already to know who cleared the book for sale.
Some Sikh organisations had demanded a case under Section 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the language department.