In what could trigger more protests at Butter Kalan village in Moga, police on Thursday registered an FIR and charged 52 people with attempt to murder for the violence that left almost ten policemen seriously injured. The FIR also states that a further 80 to 90 people, yet to be identified, are responsible for the violence over the desecration of the Sikh holy book.
The villagers had been demanding the arrest of those responsible for the sacrilege of the Guru Granth Sahib at Bargaari in Faridkot when their protest turned violent on Tuesday. The protesters pelted the police with stones and brick, forcing them to to resort to a lathicharge.
Moga SP (Investigation) H S Pannu and assistant sub-inspector Sukhmandar Singh were among the seriously injured. Almost 20 villagers were injured in the lathicharge and police vehicles were vandalised by the mob.
The villagers had on Tuesday claimed that they lifted their dharna after the violence as the police had assured them that no FIR would be registered against those who threw the stones. On Wednesday, however, Moga SSP Charanjit Singh told that there was no such compromise.
“We never compromised with the villagers. They pelted stones on us seriously injuring many policemen while also vandalising public property. An FIR has been registered against 52 accused and 80-90 other unidentified people who attacked the police party,” he added.
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