Vehicular traffic was thrown out of gear as hundreds of Sikhs, including women, blocked the National Highway number 1 - both sides of the Sambhu barrier - which is Punjab and Haryana border, on Friday.
They were protesting against the sacrilege of holy book Guru Granth Sahib and subsequent killing of two youths in police firing at Kotkapura on October 16.
The police authorities diverted the Punjab-bound vehicles through Zirakpur via Ambala-Chandigarh road. Hundreds of vehicles could be seen lining up on both sides of the NH; Pakistan-bound bus ‘Sada-i-Sarhad’ was also diverted.
Chaos could also be seen on inner roads of the twin towns of City and Cantt as most of the vehicles passed through them.
The protest started at 10am and continued till 5pm; no vehicle was allowed to pass.
The stir was held by Sikhs, owing allegiance to different Sikh outfits, including members of Damdami Taksal. The protesters had come from areas like Rajpura, Banur, Sambhu and Ghanur, brandished swords and raised slogans against the Punjab government.
Flaying the Punjab government, Taksal leader Bajinder Singh Parwana said even after so many days, the state government had failed to punish the culprits and was not serious over the issue.
Earlier, the Sikhs led by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee member Harpal Singh Mahonda and Amrik Singh Janetpur also took out a protest march through the main markets and had handed over a memorandum to the sub-divisional magistrate.
Machonda stated even after the intelligence inputs, the Punjab government had not taken any precautionary measures, and allowed the situation to deteriorate.