“It is unfortunate and painful. It seems it is a willful act by somebody who wanted to disturb peace in the state," Kejriwal told reporters here after he arrived on his first visit to Punjab since becoming the Chief Minister in February and was set to meet families of two Sikhs killed in police firing during anti-desecration protests at Faridkot.
    
The AAP leader condemned the police action, saying it was wrong to use force against people who were protesting peacefully against acts of sacrilege. Kejriwal said it was the responsibility of Punjab government to arrest the real culprits behind the incidents of desecration of holy books, saying no innocent person should be slapped with 'false cases'.
    
He refused to answer more queries, saying he was here to pray for peace in Punjab. "Golden Temple has great spiritual power and I prayed before the Almighty for early peace and normalcy to get rid of current turmoil in Punjab," he said after paying obeisance at the Sikh shrine.

His visit to Punjab assumes significance as AAP is eying the 2017 Assembly polls and has re-structured its unit in the state, where it won its four seats in the last Lok Sabaha elections. The fledgling AAP recently suspended two of the MPs for 'anti-party' activities.
    
While paying obeisance at the Sanctum Sanctorum of the Golden Temple, Kejriwal preferred to go inside along with other devotees, ignoring the VIP passage. Thereafter, he also paid obeisance in front of Akal Takht (the highest Sikh Temporal Seat).

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