Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh has condemned the sacrilege incident, calling it a “clear act of provocation aimed at disturbing peace and communal harmony” in the state. Appealing to the people to exercise restraint in a statement released here, he said: “Let us defeat their (those committing sacrilege) designs and let us ensure we don’t walk into their trap”.
In separate press notes released in Amritsar, Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandak Committee chief Avtar Singh Makkar have demanded the arrest of the accused. Makkar said such incidents were aimed at disturbing peace in Punjab and people must maintain vigil to prevent them.
Addressing mediapersons on the sidelines of a ‘sangat darshan’ programme at Phillaur in Jalandhar, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said such “heinous acts” deserve widespread condemnation and the perpetrators should be awarded an exemplary punishment.
Sukhbir said the incident is being probed into and the accused will be arrested soon.