Srinagar/Jammu: A group of Sikhs today staged a protest here against the alleged desecration of their holy book in Punjab early this week.
Slogan-shouting Sikhs gathered at Press Enclave but were dispersed by police after they set ablaze two effigies to denounce Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for his alleged failure to bring the culprits to book.
The Sikh youth were carrying religious flags, placards and banners reading “Khalistan Zindabad” and “minorities unsafe in India”.
The protest was organised by Jammu and Kashmir unit of Gurmat Taksal and the protesters dispersed peacefully after police intervention.
Accusing BJP and RSS of “hurting their religious sentiments”, Head of Gurmat Taksal Sukhbir Singh said the community would not tolerate desecration of their holy book.
“Today, the minorities are feeling unsafe in India and their religious sentiments are being hurt every now and then.
BJP and RSS are directly responsible for it,” he charged, demanding stern action against the culprits behind the desecration of the holy book in Punjab.
Two persons were killed and several others injured on Wednesday when police opened fire on Sikh demonstrators protesting the alleged desecration in Punjab.
Sikhs also staged a noisy demonstration at Hatmurrah in Anantnag district of south Kashmir against the incident, officials said.
In Jammu, a large number of Sikhs held the protest march which started from Gurudwara Nanak Nagar in the morning and culminated at Satwari Chowk after going through several parts of the city.
“This was a peaceful protest in which we did not raise slogans or banners against anybody, we just recited Gurbani and urged the government that it was its duty to safeguard the religious sentiments of Sikhs across the country”, said Preetam Singh, one of the protesters.
The protesting group expressed anguish and carried placards against “the increase in the incidents of the alleged sacrilege” of their holy scripture in Punjab, which witnessed two incidents of alleged desecration of copies of Sri Guru Granth Sahib within a week by some unidentified miscreants.
They also protested against the killing of two Sikhs in police firing in the Kotkapura town of Faridkot district of Punjab on October 14.
The protesters claimed that the act was a “deep-rooted conspiracy” aimed at hurting the religious sentiments of the Sikh community across the globe even as they demanded immediate identification and punishment for the people who have committed these acts.