Tension prevailed in the district after the violence and heavy police force has been deployed to maintain calm. At least 6,000 Sikh activists staged a protest demanding action against those responsible for the sacrilege. Some of them soon started indulging in stone pelting and were told to disperse, police said.
Ferozepur range DIG Amar Singh Chahal stated that police used mild force only when all channels of dialogue between the police officials and leaders of Sikh organisations failed. The police have detained 500 protesters to maintain law and order.
"The situation is now under control and heavy police force has been deployed to maintain peace and law," the DIG said. The police is patrolling some villages of Faridkot and Moga districts to keep a vigil on anti-social elements, he added.
According to officials, a holy book was stolen from a religious place located on Bathinda-Kotkapura road recently. Condemning the incident, Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal said in a statement here yesterday that nobody would be allowed to disturb the hard earned peace and communal harmony of the state.

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