Group: Catch Sikh holy book defilers


PETALING JAYA - The Malaysia National Sikhs Movement (Gerak­sikh) wants the person responsible for desecrating the holy book of the Sikhs, Guru Granth Sahib, to be caught.

The movement called for both the governments of India and Punjab to catch the culprit.

Yesterday, Geraksikh secretary-­general Datuk Amarjit Singh Gill handed over a memorandum to the Indian High Commission, addressing it to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as well as Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Amarjit said the sacrilege had not only upset Sikhs in Punjab but also Sikhs worldwide, including in Malaysia, who were now demanding justice and severe punishment for the culprit.

"We had our central committee meeting last Saturday, where it was decided that it was time to make a stand. So, we decided to hand in the memorandum," he said.

Since Oct 12, there have been seven incidents involving the sacrilege of various scriptures of the Guru Granth Sahib, the first of which saw 112 pages damaged.

This led to a protest in Behbal Kalan, Punjab, last week, which left two protesters dead and a few dozen people seriously wounded, as well as further violence in the state.

Amarjit said citizens of any democratic country had a right to gather and protest peacefully.

"There is no need for violence, so we hope the governments of India and Punjab will give urgent attention to this appeal," he said.