***SIKH P.A NOTE***
Punjab residents have stated the two Sikh brothers – Rupinder and Jaswinder Singh – arrested and named as suspects in cases of the desecration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji have been falsely arrested and had no part in any acts of desecration.
Conceding that Punjab was going through a “difficult” time, newly-appointed state police chief Suresh Arora today assured impartial probe into the alleged sacrilege incidents and said his priority will be to maintain law and order, and communal harmony.
“The government has reposed faith in me and my priority will be to maintain law and order, brotherhood, communal harmony and peace in the state,” Arora said.
Arora, a 1982-batch IPS officer, today replaced DGP Sumedh Saini. Punjab government today shunted out Saini in the wake of protests against the incidents of desecration of Sikh holy books.
“Impartial, fair and transparent investigation will be conducted,” Arora said here while addressing media this evening.
He was asked about the probe into the alleged incidents of sacrilege in the state. Arora said his priority will be to maintain law and order, and communal harmony in the state.
Noting that Punjab was going though “difficult” time, the DGP said he will deal with the current situation seriously.
“I will visit all the districts starting from Amritsar tomorrow and meet people to understand their grievances,” he said while seeking cooperation from people in handling the current situation.
On the formation of SIT to probe the alleged sacrilege incidents, Arora said he would meet SIT head (IPS Sahota) shortly in this regard.
On questions being raised over the arrest of two brothers for desecration incident at Faridkot, Arora assured that impartial investigation will be conducted.
The new DGP refused to comment on the claims of involvement of “foreign hand” in the desecration acts. Saini was today shunted out by Punjab governmentreplacing him with Arora, who had played a key role in fighting terrorism in the state in late 80s.
The state was hit by the farmers’ protest early this month. Later, protests by Sikh activists started after a series of sacrilege incidents in several parts of the state.
After Punjab government formed an SIT to probe the incidents under ADGP Crime Sahota, state police claimed to have cracked five out of total seven cases of sacrilege of holy books in the state.
Two Sikh brothers– Rupinder Singh and Jaswinder Singh– were arrested in connection with the sacrilege incident in Faridkot.
A total of six persons have so far been arrested in connection with five of the seven incidents which took place in the districts of Faridkot, Sangrur, Ludhiana, Amritsar and Tarn Taran besides Bhatinda and Ferozepur.