Police detained two MLA brothers from Ludhiana Simrajit Bains and Balwinder Singh in Ludhiana when they were proceeding to Chandigarh to gherao the residence of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, police said.
    
While Simarjit was detained at Katanikalan, his brother Balwinder was detained at Vardhman chowk. Along with them, 21 of their supporters were also detained.
    
In the wake of the sensitive situation prevailing in the state after a spate of sacrilege incidents, paramilitary forces have been deployed in four districts -Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Tarn Taran.
    
A report from Phagwara said several Sikh activists blocked Phagwara-Banga-Nawanshahar road near Mehlimudhali village, causing inconvenience to commuters.
    
In Amritsar, protesters blocked a road at Amritsar-Jalandhar bypass and Harike in Tarn Taran, demanding action against those who indulged in the sacrilege.

Meanwhile, citizens cutting across party and religious lines observed a 'Paschataap cum Ardaas Divas' (penitence cum prayer day) at historic gurdwara Sukhchainana Sahib at Phagwara in order to express repentance over the incidents of desecration of Guru Granth Sahib and to pray for peace and harmony in Punjab.
     
Jathedar Sarwan Singh Kular, member Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), said representatives of various political parties and faiths took part in it.
     
SAD stalwart cum Markfed Chairman Jarnail Singh Wahid, Punjab Shiv Sena Bal Thackeray senior Vice-President Inderjit Karwal, BSP leader Harbhajan Singh Balalon, BJP leader Inderjit Singh Khalyan were among those who took part in it.

 

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