Sacrilege: Radicals threaten to launch protest

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Jun 30, 2016 11:13 IST
Sikh religious leader Dhian Singh Mand addressing people in a Bhagta Bhai Ka gurdwara on Wednesday. (HT Photo)

After Bargari, Bhagta Bhai Ka town may become another trouble spot for the state government due to repeated incidents of sacrilege in the town.

Sikh activists led by Dhian Singh Mand, Baljit Singh Daduwal, Amrik Singh Ajnala and district president of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Parminder Singh Balianwali on Wednesday held a meeting at Bhagta Bhai Ka gurdwara demanding the arrest of those involved in the two sacrilege incidents in the town.

They said that if the police fail to trace the accused by July 5, a plan of action will be announced in a meeting on July 6 in the town. Heavy police force was deployed in the town following the announcement.

Besides the Sikh activists, many local Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders including the president of nagar panchayat Rakesh Kumar also attended the meeting.

Kumar said that they took part in the meeting as they felt it was necessary to be part of the matter which was related to the town.

He said that they will hold a meeting of nagar panchayats on July 6 to discuss the matter. The radical leaders criticised the role of nagar panchayats saying that they had failed to even hold a meeting to condemn the desecration. Two incidents of desecration of ‘gutka’ (a small book of essential verses from Guru Granth Sahib) were reported from the town on June 21 and June 25.

In the second incident, the perpetrators had written slogans such as ‘RSS zindabad’ on the torn pages, seemingly to incite religious frenzy.

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