‘Foreign hand’ claim over holy book ‘Descration’: Centre seeks report from Punjab

On Thursday, Aam Aadmi Party MP from Punjab Bhagwant Mann met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and urged him to ensure peace in the state.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:October 23, 2015 1:46 am

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sought a report from the Punjab government about the suspected “foreign hand” behind recent incidents of alleged desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib that sparked protests across the state.

A ministry official said, “Centre is seized of the matter and has sought a report from Punjab on the issue. Necessary action will be taken against all criminal elements — be it within the country or outside — for creating disturbance.”

On Tuesday, Punjab Police had claimed that the two brothers arrested on suspicion of involvement in the alleged desecration were getting instructions and funding from handlers in Australia and Dubai. Jaswinder Singh and Rupinder Singh were arrested for the incident that took place in Faridkot’s Bargari village.

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Police also said that phone calls of the brothers were traced to people in Australia and Dubai, and a special investigation team was looking into this aspect.

Punjab, meanwhile, witnessed another day of protests over the issue.

On Thursday, Aam Aadmi Party MP from Punjab Bhagwant Mann met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and urged him to ensure peace in the state.

During a 15-minute meeting, Mann told the home minister that the situation in Punjab was “very disturbing” in the wake of recent untoward incidents.

Sources said that the home minister gave him a patient hearing and told him that he had already spoken to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and reviewed with him the prevailing situation in the state.

The Chairman of International Sikh Council, Muktiyar Singh, also met the home minister. Concerned over the prevailing situation in Punjab, the home minister had spoken to Badal on Monday and assured him “all possible help” from the Centre to tackle the situation.

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