Sikh activists protest with black flags in Punjab

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 04, 2015 10:26 IST
Sikhs across Punjab protested against recent incidents of desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib. (HT Photo )

Carrying black flags and placards, hundreds of Sikh activists, including radicals, on Tuesday lined up along highways and roads across Punjab on Tuesday with black flags protesting against recent incidents of desecration of Guru Granth Sahib.

However, the protesters didn’t resort to any road blockades this time. The protests, held from 12pm to 3pm, remained peaceful across the state. The protesters demanded the arrest of the ‘real’ culprits behind the sacrilege of the holy book in Bargari village and stern action against cops who had fired at protesters at Behbal Kalan village in Faridkot.

Moga brothers join protesters

Faridkot: In Kotkapura, the protesters assembled at the main gurdwara. Brothers Rupinder Singh and Jaswinder Singh, who were released from jail on Monday evening, also joined the protesters. Later, religious leaders Panthpreet Singh, Baljeet Singh Daduwal, Harjinder Singh Majhi and others also addressed media at the house of the two brothers in Panjgrain Khurd village of Moga district.

Hundreds take partin ‘Ros March’

Amritsar: Protesters held a peaceful ‘Ros March’. The activists were initially stopped by police near New Amritsar. However, after assurance that the protest will be a peaceful one, the cops allowed them to go ahead with their plan. In Tarn Taran, Sikh Youth Federation (Bhindranwala) president Dr Gurjinder Singh led the agitation staged at Rohi Wala Chowk.

cases against firing accused sought

Bathinda: Protesters, who were carrying placards, demanded registration of cases by name against police officials responsible for opening fire on protesters. They showed black flags outside inter-state bus terminus and on Multania railway overbridge.

Protesters raise Khalistan slogans

Jalandhar: Sikh “Panthic” organisations held a peaceful protest at the Guru Nanak Mission Chowk for three hours. They also raised anti-government and pro-Khalistan slogans. In Phagwara, protesters wearing black badges gathered outside a gurdwara and held a march towards Sugar Mill Chowk.

‘Take stern action against accused’

Ludhiana: Protesters staged black flag protests on Ferozepur road, Dugri road, Samrala Chowk, Jalandhar bypass and various other places in the city, demanding stern action against those responsible for sacrilege of the holy book. In Sangrur, 200 protesters gathered at the Mahavir Chowk. In Rupnagar, Sikh activists stood on both sides of the road with black flags.

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