Punjab police arrests 57 Sikhs in Bhikhi, curfew continued for second day
Monday, 03 January 2011
BHIKHI(Mansa): Punjab police on Monday didnt allow Sikh organisations here to take out religious procession in connection with birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh while the curfew continued in town for the second day with one hour relaxation from 4.30 to 5.30 PM.
The police also didnt allow SAD(Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann to enter in Mansa district who had gone there to meet the Sikh victims of police lathicharge on Monday. Mann sat on dharna near village Cheema on Mansa-Chandigarh road. He alleged that Punjab government was encouraging deras to weaken Sikh religion.
The curfew was imposed on Sunday under pressure from Dera Sacha Sauda which opposed holding of a congregation by Sikh preacher Sant Baljit Singh Daduwal in local Gurdwara to commemorate the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh.
According to police, Baljit Singh Daduwal alongwith 14 other persons was arrested under section 107/51 of IPC and sent to judicial custody in Ferozepur jail for 14 days. The police has registered cases of attempt to murder, rioting, unlawful assembly and hurting religious sentiments and under arms act against 61 Sikhs and 57 of them have been arrested. The duty magistrate sent 48 persons
to Bathinda jail.
The violence started when supporters of Sant Daduwal came on streets demanding release of Sant who was arrested on Sunday while going to attend a congregation in local Gurdwara being held in connection with birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh. The Sikh protestors allegedly pelted stones on police which retorted to lathi charge and firing. The police beat up people after dragging from their homes. The protestors set on fire police vehicles.
The police had banned the congregation of Sant Daduwal when ollowers of the Dera Sacha Sauda had expressed apprehension before the police suspecting that he would speak against dera chief Gurmit Ram Rahim.