In the fourth incident of sacrilege in Tarn Taran district since October, torn pages of gutka (holy book) were found scattered on road at Sarli Mand village, 3 km from Patti, on Saturday.
The torn pages (about 60 in number) were first spotted by three village residents, Raju, Amarinder Singh and Gurnam Kaur, scattered on road when they were going to their fields for work around 8 am. The pages were scattered on one-and-a-half km stretch.
The villagers brought the incident to the notice of police. Later, Patti sub-divisional magistrate Amandeep Singh Bhatti, deputy superintendent of police Davinder Singh Sandhu and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) member Khushwinder Singh Bhatia reached the spot.
The SGPC member urged villagers to maintain peace. Under the supervision of police officials, the desecrated pages were collected by villagers and sent to Goindwal Sahib.
SDM Bhatti said police have started investigation. A case has been registered against unidentified persons. Just eight days ago, torn pages of the holy book were found inside a gurdwara at Kot Budha village. The border district had also witnessed incidents of sacrilege on October 16 and November 20.