In view of deteriorating law and order situation the Punjab government has demanded 25 companies of paramilitary forces from the Centre, which has been accepted by the Union Ministry of Home. The additional forces are likely to be stationed in major towns, including Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Bathinda. These will be activated in coordination with the state police only if the situation goes out of control.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has announced cancellation of the sixth edition of the World Kabaddi Cup scheduled to be held all over the state from November 14 to 28. Sukhbir Badal, who also holds the Sports portfolio along with Home, said he had taken the decision to cancel the Kabaddi Cup as a “mark of grief over the recent incidents of sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji”. Badal said: “My feelings too have been outraged and my conscience is not allowing me to preside over a tournament at a time when the Sikh community in India and all over the world is in grief over the ghastly acts of sacrilege”.
In Jalandhar r oads blocked at PAP Chowk connecting Jalandhar with Amritsar, Pathankot and Phagwara since Monday evening were opened by Tuesday afternoon. Tension prevails in markets since Monday’s stone pelting incident. All schools closed till October 25. As Sikh activists were forcing shops to close at Basti Mithu for the sixth consecutive day, five youths were rounded up by the police. Anti-riot police remained deployed in markets.
Another sacrilegious incident was reported in Bathinda in which pages of Guru Granth Sahib were found in streets of Gurusar village.
All main roads blocked in district. Protests going on at Kothe Chet Singh village on Muktsar-Bathinda road, Badhai village on Muktsar-Jalalabad road, Abul Khurana village on Malout-Lambi road, Baam village on Muktsar-Panniwala road, Kheowali on Malout-Badal road, Rupana village on Muktsar-Malout road, Jandwala village on Malout-Bathinda road and Malout chowk in Malout town.
Protests continued at seven locations in Moga district. Major highways blocked.
Meanwhile, Mohan Lal, former SAD MLA and son of ex-BJP minister Swarna Ram, has resigned from Punjab Public Service Commission in protest of desecration of Guru Granth Sahib.