Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh), Sep.14 (ANI): Sikhs staged protests in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, over the torching of the Guru Granth Sahib by four unidentified men in a village.
Speaking to mediapersons, Sardar Manjeet Bagga, a protestor said that four unidentified men had torched their holy book on Monday, thereby insulting their religious beliefs.
"Near Pilibhit, on (sic.) road, a village falls almost 13 kilometres away where four men knocked down the wall of the Gurudwara, then torched our 'Guru Granth Sahib' (the holy book of Sikhs) and after that they insulted it," said Sardar Manjeet Bagga, a protestor.
The protestors were seen holding swords in their hands and shouting Sikh slogans of 'Jo Bole So Nihaal' (whoever utters the phrase, shall be fulfilled) and 'Sat Sri Akal' (Eternal is the Great Timeless Lord), venting their ire over the incident.
The protest caused a jam on the Delhi-Lucknow highway, causing inconvenience to the commuters.
The protestors demanded the government to immediately investigate the matter and take strict action against the guilty.
"We demand justice. Those who have insulted Guru Granth Sahib should be hanged; we want justice from the government. We want to know that who has insulted our religion and why he has insulted it, we want to know the reason, we want justice," said Jasmeet Kaur, another protestor.
Guru Granth Sahib is the religious text of Sikhism, a collection of 'shabad' or 'baani' (hymns), which contains religious teachings and deemed as the Sikh community's spiritual guide. (ANI)