A week after the Guru Granth Sahib sacrilege incident in Faridkot which was followed by seven other incidents in various districts, the protests in Punjab by Sikh groups continued on Wednesday.
The Punjab Police has claimed that the accused in five sacrilege cases – Ludhiana, Faridkot, Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Sangrur have been arrested, while Ferozepur, Bathinda and Muktsar cases remain unsolved.
[related-post]However, a visible reduction in the number of protests were witnessed as at many places dharnas, were lifted.
Following the intervention of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday, companies of Border Security Force (BSF) reached Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Tarn Taran.
Three companies of BSF reached Jalandhar out of which two have been deployed at strategic locations of the city on Wednesday morning.
While one company is deployed at the Mai Hiran Gate book market where clash had taken place a couple of days back between protesters and shopkeepers, the second one has been deployed at Patel chowk and Milap chowk.
“Third company has been kept in reserve and would be deployed if required,” said ADCP Headquarter Alka Meena adding that the companies will remain in Jalandhar till Thursday.
In Ludhiana, Police Commissioner PS Umranangal said that three companies of BSF would be deployed in rural as well as city areas.
“We would be taking out a flag march in Old City areas like Chaura Bazaar where most of protesters are blocking roads. Force would also be deployed in rural areas affected by continous protests,” said Umranangal.
While indefinite protest from Ajitwal in Moga which was on for 24 hours since seven days was lifted from Ludhiana- Ferozepur highway on Wednesday morning, it still continued in Mehla Kalan and Shergarh of Barnala.
Protests also continued on Dugri road, Arora Palace road and Samrala chowk in Ludhiana city on Wednesday. The main chowk of Moga was also blocked for three hours since 10 am and protesters said that it would be cleared after 1 pm.
Meanwhile the Independent MLA representing Atam Nagar Simarjit Bains and his brother Ludhiana south MLA Balwinder Bains were detained by police on Wednesday morning as they were on their way to Chandigarh to gherao Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal as a mark of protest against deteriorating law and order situation in the state.
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