Punjab clashes: Badals battle crisis as police firing kills two over holy book desecration

15, Oct 2015

Badal appealed for calm and called the desecration “a deep-rooted conspiracy aimed at inciting communal tension and destabilising the peace in Punjab”.
Written by Navjeevan Gopal
Chandigarh Updated: Oct 15, 2015, 10:50
Two people were killed in police firing Wednesday as protests over the alleged desecration of a Guru Granth Sahib spread to several villages in Fardikot.
About 80 people were injured when police used teargas, lathicharge and fired in the air to disperse a dharna by Sikhs at Kotakpura chowk in Faridkot early Wednesday. Later in the day, police fired to disperse protesters in village Behbal Kalan, killing two men, Bittu Singh and Krishan Singh. A third man was admitted to hospital with bullet wounds.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal ordered a judicial inquiry into the alleged desecration of the Sikh holy text and the violence that ensued, while Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal announced a reward of Rs 1 crore for anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of those who desecrated the text.
Badal appealed for calm and called the desecration “a deep-rooted conspiracy aimed at inciting communal tension and destabilising the peace in Punjab”.

 

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