Punjab town Kotkapura tense after ‘bir’ desecration
The situation in Punjab town Kotkapura, 12 km from Fridkot, is tense over the desecration of a ‘bir’ of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Hundreds of protesters assembled at the main chowk of the town. According to reports in Punjab media, more than 200 protesters were rounded up and later released on Tuesday.
Some pages of the scripture were found scattered in a street near gurdwara at Bargari village, 15km from Kotkapura, on Monday. The pages were allegedly torn from a ‘bir’, stolen from Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village, in June.
According to reports, police rounded up protesters to prevent some radical Sikh leaders from starting an ‘akhand paath’ on the spot. Kept in a ‘palki’ on a tractor trolley, Punjab police took the pages to an undisclosed place.
Sant Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwala, Sant Panthpreet Singh Khalsa, former Takht Damdama Sahib jathedar Giani Kewal Singh, Damdami Taksal Ajnala head Amrik Singh Ajnala and some others were leading the protest and another radical leader Baljit Singh Daduwal also reached the town.
Protesters alleged that on the intervening night of September 25-26, a poster was pasted near the gurdwara, using foul language against the Guru Granth Sahib.