PUNJAB, India—Many areas in Punjab are seeing Police and authorities promising arrests and action against perpetrators of successive attacks on Guru Granth Sahib Ji in multiple locations, and in doing so, convincing protesters to disperse their gatherings. Other areas are continuing their protests as some new areas join in too.
Beas Bridge Sit-in Lifted
The 5 day long sit-in-protest on Beas River Bridge was lifted yesterday following meeting of Panthik leaders with DIG (Border Range) Kunwarvijay Partap Singh.
During the meeting, DIG promised of legal action against the Police personnel responsible for opening gun-fire on peacefully protesting Sikhs in Behbal Klan. He informed the Panthik leaders that an FIR under sections 302/307/34 of IPC (Indian Penal Code) has been registered against the police contingents in Faridkot. He also promised the protesting Sikhs the option of conveying their demands to the upper lobby of Administration.
Getting confirmed the developments, the protesting Panthik leaders announced to terminate the sit-in-strike at 7 pm of October 21.
The Majha area had been completely cut off from the Doaba zone by the protesting Sikhs serving sit-in-strike at Beas Bridge.
Nakodar Sit-ins Begins
A large protest march was organized in Nakodar. The protest march started from Gurdwara Bulandpuri Sahib at 10 am. A large rush of Sikh congregations from other cities was witnessed at the Gurdwara Sahib. Gathered Sikh devotees strongly condemned the incidents of desecration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib across the state and announced that whoever is behind these act, will be punished according to Sikh traditions.
Lashing out at Government, Sant Baba Baldev Singh said that it is very grievous that the Prime Minister and President of India didn’t utter even a word about the statewide sacrilege incidents of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. He appealed the Sikh masses to react with a long term future vision.
The Sikh devotees were reciting Satnam-Waheguru while protesting on Mehatpur-Nakodar road. Sikh devotees then joined the sit-in-strike.
Tarn Taran Sit-in Continues
The district administration is trying its best to convince protesting activists to lift the sit-in-strike as soon as possible but the angered Sikh sangat has continued the protest. Shopkeepers and transporters are also appealing to the Sikh protesters but they refused to give up.
Clarifying the protesters stand, Dr. Gurjinder Singh (President, Sikh Youth Federation Bhindranwala, Amritsar) said that they can’t trust the government as the Sikhs had been fooled a number of times with promising of justice. He said that the sit-in-strike would continue alongwith sit-in-strike at Harike Bridge and in Kotapura.
Goindwal Sahib Sit-in Lifted
The sit-in-strike on the bridge of the Beas river in Goindwal Sahib was lifted on October 21 at the urge of civilians. It is notable that more than 500 hundred Truck-Trailers were stuck on both sides of bridge due to the prolonged sit-in-strike.
Accepting the reason and problems of commuters, Sikh protesters agreed to terminate the strike. Sikh devotees under the patronage of Sant Baba Leader Singh (Sewadar, Gurdwara Gurusar Sahib Patshahi Chhevi) cleared the pathway by removing cut down trees.
Bargadi hold Akhand Paaths
In mourning of the desecration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji in the village of Bargari, bhog of Sri Akhand Path Sahib was laid at Gurdwara Sahib Patshahi Dasvi Bargadi by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee. Manager Kulwinder Singh, S. Jagwinder Singh Aulakh, S. Gurchet Singh Dhillon, S. Hirdepal Singh Bhaluria, S. Jagsir Singh Dhillon, Chairman Sewa Singh, Sarpanch Amarpreet Singh Dhillon, Sarpanch Sukhdev Singh etc. were present on this occasion alongwith large number of Sikh devotees.
The Sikh devotees observing sit-in-strike at Bus stand of Bargadi have initiated an Akhand Path Sahib on strike venue. Bhog of Sri Akhand Path Sahib will be laid on October 23.