Punjab Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today directed the State police to withdraw all cases registered against people protesting against the sacrilege of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji during the last one week.
In a statement here, he said the sentiments expressed by the protestors were the result of extreme provocation and the State was with them in this hour of grief. My sentiments have also been deeply outraged by the desecration and I can understand the actions of the people, he said.
The Deputy CM, who also holds the Home portfolio, said he had directed the State police to withdraw all cases registered against protestors at both Kotkapura as well as Behbal Kalan, both in Faridkot district, as well as anywhere else in the State. My conscience does not allow me to spoil the future any youngster who has reacted in a charged manner after hearing of the desecration of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji.
Mr Badal also appealed to Punjabis to maintain peace and communal harmony at all costs. There are some forces who would like to disturb the peace in Punjab. We must not let such people succeed in their nefarious designs. He also assured the people that the Punjab government was with them in their hour of grief and was taking steps to arrest the culprits responsible for this ghastly crime immediately.