Mystery surrounds the burning of the holy book, the Ramayana, at the Durga temple at Samrala near here on Thursday.
The priests and devotees were having food around 2 pm when smoke arose from the room where the book was kept. The priests found the book reduced to ashes. Fire officer Yashpal and the police claimed it was short circuit as the place where the Ramayana was kept was surrounded by lights.
Superintendent of police (detective) Gurdeep Singh said the burnt articles had been sent for forensic testing.
However, suspecting sacrilege, Hindu organisations led by Shiv Sena blocked the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road for hours causing harassment to commuters. Following assurance by the police, they lifted the protest. They said in case the police failed to crack the case by Friday, they would observe a bandh in Samrala on Saturday.
Congress Samrala MLA Amrik Singh Dhillon and former MLA Jagjivan Singh Khirnian reached the place and urged people to maintain peace.