Several injured as Sikhs clash with police over “desecration” of holy book in Punjab
Several people were injured in a clash between Sikhs, who gathered to protest the desecration of their holy book, and the police in Punjab's Faridkot district on Wednesday, eyewitnesses said.
Sources said that police used cane charge, water cannons and even fired in the air to disperse hundreds of protestors from the spot.
The clash took place in the main square of Kotkapura town, 230 km from here, on Wednesday when police tried to arrest leaders of the protestors.
The protestors had tried to block highways towards Moga and Bathinda towns.
The injured included protestors and police officials.
The protestors had pitched their tents in Kotkapura town since Monday to protest the alleged desecration of a 'bir' (holy book) of Guru Granth Sahib in Bargari village, 15 km from Kotkapura.
Tension mounted in Kotkapura area on Monday after over 100 pages of the Sikh holy book were found scattered in a street near the gurdwara.
The holy book was stolen from a gurdwara in June.
Protestors clashed with police in Buttar Kalan village of Moga district on Tuesday, leaving many injured.
Police rounded up nearly 200 protestors in Kotkapura on Tuesday but released them later.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal urged people to remain calm.