Members of Sikh Talmel Committee and some Hindu organisations launched an indefinite protest at Kapurthala chowk in Jalandhar after several “torn” pages of Guru Granth Sahib, the religious book of Sikhs and Hindu religious text Bhagavad Gita were found from a canal in the area.
They demanded the arrest of the culprits. The Jalandhar police have registered a case under 295 (a) (hurting religious sentiments).
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Traffic was diverted and there was heavy police presence to avoid any untoward incident. Sources said over 200 “torn” pages of Guru Granth Sahib and several pages of the Bhagavad Gita were found floating in the Bist-Doab canal in Sher Singh colony near Kapurthala chowk. The torn pages were spotted by one Prince Pal Singh, who said he was returning from a Gurdwara.
As the news spread, several people entered the canal and started collecting the torn pages of religious books. Harpal Singh Chadha, a senior member of Sikh Talmel Committee, said frequent incidents of desecration in the past year had “exposed” the SAD-BJP government’s failure to control the menace.
Chadha said anti-social elements were been trying to disturb peace in Punjab and the murder of RSS leader Jagdish Gagneja was also one such attempt.
Hindu organisations, including Shiv Sena, also joined the dharna. Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal Saturday condemned the incident and said such heinous acts deserve widespread condemnation and persons indulging in such acts should be given exemplary punishment. He was at Dana Mandi Apra here Saturday for a sangat darshan.