Much to the relief of commuters, some Sikh organisations — which have been blocking most of Punjab’s roads since October 13 — have finally decided to lift their indefinite dharnas except at Bargari village in Kotakpura, where the torn pages of the Guru Granth Sahib were found.
In the remaining districts, the agitation will be replaced by three-hour dharnas at one road till October 25, when the Bhog ceremony will be held for the two victims of police firing, Krishan Bhagwan Singh and Gurjeet Singh.
The Sikh bodies have, however, handed the Punjab government an ultimatum to nab those responsible for the sacrilege of the Guru Granth Sahib at various places in the state, before October 25.
Sikh preachers, Panthpreet Singh and Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale, and former Akal Takht jathedar Giani Kewal Singh made the announcement at Bathinda Saturday. They are the key faces behind the protests.
Panthpreet Singh said the dharnas will now be held between 10 am and 1 pm and the venue will be picked by local heads of the Sikh organisations. He added that the decision to lift the indefinite dharnas was taken in ‘larger public interest’.
The decision comes a day after the Akal Takht revoked its pardon of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Raheem and the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal’s announcement that cases against the protesters would be withdrawn.