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‘Bir’ desecration: Protester on hunger strike dies in Tarn Taran

A 65-year-old protester on a hunger strike against the alleged desecration of a ‘bir’ (copy) of the Guru Granth Sahib died here on Sunday.

punjab Updated: Oct 18, 2015 17:03 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Protesters staging a protest against the alleged desecration of the holy book in Bathinda. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT)

A Nihang Sikh, who was among protesters staging a protest against the alleged desecration of a bir (copy) of the Guru Granth Sahib at the Harike Bridge, died under mysterious circumstances on Sunday afternoon.

55-year-old Puran Singh, resident of Dholan village in Valtoha, had arrived at spot to join the on-going agitation for the last four days, suddenly felt unconscious and later found to be dead.

Zira DSP Hardev Singh Boparai confirmed the death.

Body of deceased was still lying with the protesters till filing of the report.

The entire Tarn Taran district remained cut off from the state as the protesters continued to block roads.Meanwhile, 8 trains under Northern Railway Division, Ferozepur were cancelled due to the protest.

Roads blockade continues

Despite a call by panthic organisations to lift blockades, people continued to stage sit-ins and block roads at different places across the state on Sunday.

In Bathinda, protesters blocked roads at Talwandi Sabo, Maur and Goniana, besides resuming blockade at Kotshamir, where people would hold protest daily for three hours.

Meanhwile, the members of the Sikh Action Committee blocked Jalandhar-Kapurthala road for two hours on Sunday. The protest march that started at the Basti Bawa Khel at 11 am, culminated at the Guru Arjun Nagar in Mithu Basti around 1 pm.

The blockade by activists resulted in a heavy traffic jam on the main road that connects the city to Kapurthala and Kartarpur towns.

The protesters, led by Inderjit Singh Bagga, Gurmeet Singh among others, sat at the Kapurthala chowk and sang hymns. The youths openly brandished swords and raised anti-government slogans.

In Faridkot too, protesters continued to block roads at various places, including Behbal Kalan, where two protesters died in a police firing on Wednesday.

Tension has been prevailing in the state since Monday, when a ‘bir’ (copy) of Guru Granth Sahib was found desecrated in a street near a gurdwara of Bargari village, 15 km from Kotkapura.

First Published: Oct 18, 2015 13:32 IST