AMRITSAR: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal prayed for peace and communal harmony in Punjab. He was here on Saturday to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple.
During a brief interaction with mediapersons, Kejriwal said he was deeply hurt by the incidents of disrespect to the Guru Granth Sahib in Punjab recently.
Firing by the police on people protesting peacefully against the sacrilege of the holy book had led to the loss of two lives and was most unfortunate, leading to further unrest in Punjab, he said
“I have come here to bow my head at the holiest of the holy places where all wishes are granted and I have wished for peace in Punjab,” said Kejriwal.
He said the state government should immediately arrest and mete out exemplary punishment to those anti-social elements who had disrespected the Sikhs’ holy scripture. “I also appeal to the people of Punjab to maintain peace,” he said.
Asked about the arrests already made in this connection, Kejriwal said it is up to the state police and the government to investigate and arrest the culprits. However, disgracing religious scriptures don’t befit anyone, he added.
“None can live in peace after disgracing the holy scripture…the persons who committed this heinous act should also ponder on it,” he said. Kejriwal refused to answer political questions on the occasion.