Around 40 Sikh protesters were booked and 16 arrested for damaging the vehicles of two SAD leaders outside a gurdwara here on Friday.
Sikh protesters forcibly entered the gurdwara when they came to know that four SAD leaders — MLA and former SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur, former SAD finance minister Bibi Opinderjit Kaur, Jarnail Singh Wahid and former SAD leader and incharge of Kapurthala Sarabjit Singh Makkar — had come to pay obeisance. The Akhand Path, which is being held in every district after the incident of desecrations, was to be held here at 10 am.
The protesters brandishing swords and led by Akali Dal (Mann) demanded that no leader of the SAD-BJP government should be allowed inside the gurdwara.
They pushed the policemen, including DSP D S Dhillon, and entered the gurdwara. Once inside, they smashed the vehicles of SGPC member SS Kular and SAD leader Harminder Kaur. They also started looking for the SAD leaders.
A shopkeeper of the area said, “They (protesters) appealed to the policemen for some time. When they did not allow them to enter the gurdwara, they pushed them and broke down the barricades. They started damaging the vehicles of the SAD leaders.”
The SAD leaders, however, escaped from the rear gate of the gurdwara. A worker of the gurdwara said, “The protesters were raising slogans against the CM.”
Later, the four SAD leaders addressed the media in Kapurthala and demanded action against the protesters.
A case was registered on the complaint of SAD leader Amarjit Singh Dhapai, said Kapurthala SSP Rajinder Singh. SAD (Mann) district president Narinder Singh Khusropur has also been booked.