Jammu: Sikhs organised sit-ins at three different places in Jammu on Friday to protest against the desecration of their religious book in Punjab.
Scores of community members gathered at three different places -Kunjwani Chowk, Gangyal and Digiana Ashram –along the Jammu-Pathankot national highway to protest Punjab government’s “manipulative investigations” into the case.
The protests hampered vehicular movement for hours on the highway. Many Jammu bound vehicles from other states remain stranded at Bari Brahmana.
The protesters said that the Punjab government has arrested innocents in the desecration case while “actual culprits are roaming free”.
“The Punjab government led by Prakash Singh Badal under the garb of RSS is trying to sweep away minorities from the country. First they desecrated the holy book of Sikhs, which was unfortunate, and when Sikhs protested to demand action against the culprits, the goons of Badal government killed two innocent persons,” said a protester, Gurmeet Singh.
He said despite the provocations Sikhs maintained patience. “But now they have charged two Sikh Granthis for the sacrilegious act, which is manipulative on the part of government,” he said.
A group of protesters accused the Punjab government of doing the “unpardonable act”.
“Punjab government for the sake of politics has maneuvered this desecration through its RSS stooges. Now they are accusing members of the Sikh community for this and have arrested two people in this regard,” they said and maintained that this is just a “ploy to divert attention from real perpetrators”.
The protesters alleged that those booked for the act are innocent and their statements have been recorded under pressure.
“This is evident from the recurring episodes of desecration of holy books of minorities in the country. India is leading towards ‘saffronization’,” they said.