Chandigarh: The case of sacrilege at Kotwali Sahib Gurdwara in Morinda in Rupnagar district of Punjab is heating up. There is a tense atmosphere in the area. The house of the accused has also been vandalised. After the incident, family of the accused is on the run.

At the same time, the Sikh Sangat is sitting on a sit-in outside the police station seeking strict action against the accused. The market has been closed by local shopkeepers.

Police forces have been deployed from various districts, to handle the situation.

On Monday evening, some angry youths barged into the house of accused Jasvir and vandalised it. Shopkeepers in Morinda kept markets closed in protest against the incident. Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib Jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh also strongly condemned the sacrilege incident. National Commission for Minorities chairman Iqbal Singh Lalpura also took strong note of the incident and demanded strict action against the accused.

Lalpura said Punjab has seen a long history of communal violence. Such incidents could have been avoided by giving strict punishment to accused. The National Commission for Minorities has sought a list of all cases of sacrilege in Punjab in the last 45 years from the Chief Secretary.

A young man in a turban entered the gurdwara and started beating up the granthis and later threw away holy books. The incident took place at Morinda in Ropar district on Monday. After the incident, the people present in the gurudwara caught the young man. The sangat dragged the young man out of the gurudwara. A CCTV footage of the incident, which took place at Kotwali Sahib Gurdwara in Morinda town in Ropar district, has surfaced.

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