Sikhs shout “Kashmir banega Pakistan, Afzal Guru Zindabaad” while protesting ‘desecration’ of holy book

A ‘bir’ (holy book) was ‘desecrated’ in Bargari village

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Srinagar: Sikh protesters on Sunday shouted pro-Pakistan slogans like “Kashmir banega Pakistan” during a protest against the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of Sikh religion, at Baramulla in north Kashmir.

The protesters shouted slogans, “Kashmir banega Pakistan, Punjab banega Khalsa,” during the demonstration.

The protests, called by radical Sikh groups, are being held against the ‘desecration’ of the Guru Granth Sahib.

A ‘bir’ (holy book) was ‘desecrated’ in Bargari village, 15 km from Kotkapura in Punjab, leading to tension on October 12.

Over 100 pages of the Sikh holy book were found scattered on a street near a gurdwara. The holy book had been stolen from a gurdwara in June.

Tension flared on Tuesday when hundreds of Sikhs assembled for a dharna at the main square of Kotkapura, 12 km from Faridkot, after police rounded up more than 200 people at 2:30 am. Sources said police rounded up the people to prevent radical Sikh leaders from organising an ‘akhand paath’ – reading of religious scriptures – at the spot with the torn pages from Bargari village.

At least two people were killed and nearly 70 injured, including police officials, on Wednesday in clashes between police and Sikhs near Kotkapura town.

Congress leader Amarinder Singh on Saturday visited the families of the two people killed in police firing.

In Amritsar, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday offered prayers at ‘Harmandar Sahib’, popularly known as Golden Temple, for peace and communal harmony.

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