Desecration of sikh holy book: Many areas in Punjab shut down, roads blocked

Bandh largely peaceful; protesters detained at some places but let off later; Pakistan-bound bus diverted .

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh/ludhiana/amritsar/jalandhar | Published: October 16, 2015 3:01 am
faridkot violence, faridkot protests, sikh protests, sikh punjab protests, punjab protests, punjab sikh protests, india news, Family members of Kishan Singh, who was killed in police firing on Wednesday, at village Nemiawala in Faridkot. (Source: Express photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Commercial and educational establishments were shut on Thursday, and transport services  disrupted in parts of Punjab, in response to a bandh called by Sikh outfits against the killing of two youths and police action during protests over desecration of Guru Granth Sahib in Faridkot.

The bandh was largely peaceful, barring minor incidents of violence at a few places where police took the protesters into preventive custody and let them off later.

Kotkapura in Faridkot, the epicentre of the protests where  two youths were killed in police firing, and other areas in the district observed complete bandh.

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Other Malwa districts —  Bathinda, Muktsar, Moga and Mansa — were also shut down completely.  The bandh call received a lukewarm response in Ludhiana city as most of the markets were open. Students of Punjab Agricultural University and Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College (GNE)  held peaceful protests.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Narinder Bhargav said no reports of violence were reported in the city.

In Amritsar, partial bandh was observed. Various Sikh bodies carried out a march from the Bhandari Bridge to Shahidan Wala Gurudwara in Amritsar. Markets remained closed till afternoon. No untoward incident was reported in the city.

The banch call evoked a good response in Doaba region where Jalandhar, Phagwara and Hoshiarpur observed an almost complete bandh.

Though buses were plying on the National Highway-1, which was blocked by Sikh activists Wednesday for half an our, all the markets and other business establishments remained shut till evening in Jalandhar, Phagwara and Hoshiarpur. The Sikh activists moved in groups and several youth were seen brandishing swords, forcing shopkeepers to close the shops.

Heavy police force was deployed across the state to maintain law and order and prevent any untoward incident. Due to the protests, the Pakistan-bound ‘Sada-e-Sarhad’ bus was diverted to an alternate route.

600 booked for  Oct 14 protest  

Faridkot: The Faridkot police on Thursday registered two FIRs against more than 600 people, a day after Sikh protesters clashed with the police at the Kotakapura Main Chowk and at Behbal Kalan, leading to death of two youths in police firing.  The police have registered an FIR on charges of attempt to murder, damaging public property and Arms Act against 15 accused and some unidentified people. Divya Goyal

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    Oct 21, 2015 at 6:04 pm
    I have a question. The article covers everything about the bandh, peaceful protests and police firing. However, the article does not mention about the reason for calling for Bandh in the first place. Yes desecration of Holy Sikh Book, that is the reason given in the headlines but nothing more than that? The article does not explain why the Holy Book was attacked? who caused this attack? where it began and how? Yes maybe the 'police' is still looking for answers and the Punjab CM will 'expose' who did this, but what of the journalists? Have they spoken to the Sikh protestors and volunteers? Have they investigated (#investigativejournalism) at least to the extent of their journalistic liberties, the cause and reason for attack? What sort of journalism is this? And I thought Indian Express was better at journalism. Nay, it also just reports.
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      Sunil gill
      Oct 24, 2015 at 9:17 pm
      This artical does not explain everything but what i think is, If that man is still alive that means God almighty is still having mercy on him and If God is merciful than all Sikh community should be too. We are not greater than God and no one. Guru Nanak ji Said, "He has no enemy, NIRVER. So If its Possible all Sikh community should forgive that man. We all do alot of thing on earth many of thinks are dirty Toilet, killing etc but Still God and His great creation forgive people everyday than who is man to take revenge of everything. God is Mighty and He Himself has ability to Judge every human being. i love my all Sikh friends so i just want to convey my message that taking revenge is easy but forgiving everyday is tuff, So instead of fighting because of holy book it is pretty much great to obey God and obey what is written in the Book. If someone is hurt by my thinking then I'm Sorry but this is what the God Almighty says