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Sikhs hold protest, block traffic in Mohali
April 21 , 2011


Mohali Hundreds of Sikhs held a massive demonstration and blocked traffic on the busy road connecting Mohali with Chandigarh — through Sector 51-52 and Sector 43-44 — on Thursday evening. They were protesting against Wednesday’s incident where policemen had allegedly removed the turban of a Sikh in Mohali.

Following this, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal sought a detailed report of the magisterial inquiry — ordered by him on Wednesday — within 48 hours to initiate further action against all those found guilty in “showing disrespect to the Sikh religion by removing a turban of a Sikh in Mohali”. Mohali SP (Detective) Pritam Singh and Phase VIII SHO Kulbhushan Kumar — accused in the incident — have already been placed under suspension.

To lodge their protest against what they termed as “hurting the religious sentiments”, Sikhs from different quarters gathered at Gurdwara Amb Sahib in Phase VIII around 5 pm and marched towards the Phase VII-VIII traffic light point. They squatted on the middle of the road, blocking traffic. They not only demanded that the guilty policemen be dismissed from service with immediate effect but a criminal case under Section 295-A of the IPC be registration against them.

Those who participated in the protest included local SGPC member Hardeep Singh, All India Sikh Students Federation president Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad, Youth Akali Dal Panch Pardhani president Sandeep Singh Canadian, Shiromani Akali Dal Panch Pardhani president Harpal Singh Cheema, Akhand Kirtani Jatha International president R P Singh, Kalgidhar Sewak Jatha president Jatinderpal Singh, Guru Asra Trust promoters Kuldeep Kaur and Kanwar Singh Dhami, and Voice of Nature president Chuhar Singh.

Half-an-hour into the protest, the local administration — led by SDM Amit Talwar and SP (City) Harpreet Singh — reached the spot. They accepted a memorandum from the protesters, with an assurance to forward it to the state government.

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