The Punjab police on Monday produced the two accused, arrested for their alleged involvement in the desecration of Sikh holy book Guru Granth Sahib, in a local court in Faridkot, amid hundreds of Sikh protesters.
The court sent the two accused — Rupinder Singh and Jaswinder Singh — to judicial custody till November 9 in the sacrilege case of Guru Granth Sahib in Balgari village of Punjab.
Hundred of Sikh protesters, who had gathered outside the CJM court in Faridkot, extended their support for the two brothers, maintaining that the police were falsely implicating them in the Bargari sacrilege case. However, no untoward incidents were reported.
Sikh leaders and residents of Panjgarin village have been accusing the police of framing the two brothers of this village to hush up the case.
Another incident Meanwhile, after a fresh case of sacrilege of the Sikh holy book was reported at Ghurial village near Adampur late on Sunday evening. A tense situation was said to be prevailing in parts of Jalandhar district of Punjab.
Locals held a Sikh priest and his nephew holding them responsible for desecration of ‘bir’' of Guru Granth Sahib. The duo hailing from Ramnagar village, Chomo, were identified as Avtar Singh Tari and Ajit Singh.
Agitated Sikh protesters assaulted them before they were rescued by the police.
The police said both the accused have confessed to the crime and a case under Section 295 A, 120B and 34 of the IPC had been registered.
Agitated over the desecration of the holy book, Sikh protesters brandishing swords blocked the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur highway for a few hours. An SGPC member from Jalandhar, Paramjit Singh Raipur, who tried to pacify the protesters, was roughed up.
Sikh activists, alleging a conspiracy behind the desecration incidents, staged a dharna outside the Adampur police station where a heavy police force was deployed.