Punjabi Sikh Sangat News – Road Block Protests Reaches 10th Day

Despite Police Restrictions Sikhs Continue in Force at Tarn Taran

TARN TARAN, Punjab — Despite Police restrictions, Sikh protesters continued to demonstrate at Harike bridge for 10th consecutive day against the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib today.

The determination shown by the Sikh protesters has raised concerns for administration which is imposing various restrictions to ensure failure of the agitation.

The protesters had been reiterating their demand of the reinstatement of the Panj Pyaras of Akal Takht Sahib. They alleged that the Police had installed barricades on both sides of the bridge and was not allowing their supporters to reach the place where dharna was being undertaken.

They said, “Such tricks cannot stop us to continue our struggle for restoration of respect and dignity of Guru Granth Sahib and Sikh principles violated by ruling Shiromani Akali Dal and the SGPC.”

At the Tarn Taran dharna which entered it’s 8th day, an Akhand Path Sahib was ongoing, with it’s bhog ceremony to be performed on Sunday. Due to the Akhand Path Sahib, sizeable number of Sikh devotees including women is making their presence on dharna. More devotees are likely to attend Bhog ceremony.

Security has been beefed up around both dharanas. Personnel of Punjab Police and Border Security Force (BSF) have been deployed in sizeable numbers. In addition, security has been tightened at key locations throughout the district in view of the tense atmosphere.


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This article discredits the Sikh peaceful protest by labelling Damdami Taksal and Gurmat Sidhant Parcharak Sant Samaj “radicals”. Calling for a peaceful protest in a democratic nation does not warrant being labelled as a radical.


CHANDIGARH: Commercial and educational establishments were on Thursday shut and transport services disrupted in parts of Punjab in response to a bandh called by Sikh outfits against the killing of two youths and police action during protests over alleged desecration of their holy book.

Officials said an uneasy calm prevailed in parts of the state where activists held protests and blocked roads. 150 protestors were taken into custody when they tried to hold a demonstration in Ludhiana.

Heavy police force has been deployed at sensitive places to maintain law and order, a day after two persons were killed and 75 others, including an IGP, were injured in clashes in Faridkot, Moga and Sangrur districts.

To protest the killing and police action, radicals, including Damdami Taksal and Gurmat Sidhant Parcharak Sant Samaj had given a ‘Punjab bandh’ call for today.

In response to the bandh call, commercial and educational institutes at many places in Punjab especially Faridkot, Moga, Muktsar, parts of Tarn Taran remained shut. However, banks and pharmacies were open.

Kotkapura town – the nerve centre of protest on Wednesday- also observed a complete bandh.

“No incident of violence has been reported from any part of Moga, Faridkot and Muktsar,” police said.

Private bus operators kept off the roads today while private educational institution remained closed in many parts of the state, officials said.

Via – http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/Desecration-of-holy-book-Bandh-in-parts-of-Punjab/articleshow/49378854.cms.

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