Two Killed During Protests in Punjab

Two men were killed and one injured in police firing during a protest in Punjab.

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A file photo of a protest in Punjab. (Photo: Reuters) 

Two people were killed and another critically injured when police fired at demonstrators protesting the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book, in Punjab’s Faridkot district on Wednesday, according to The Times of India.

Krishna Singh and Gurjeet Singh were killed on the spot in the firing, while Ajit Singh is bfighting for his life at a Chandigarh hospital.

The protesters claim their protest was peaceful even as police claimed they fired in self-defence.

Protests have broken out in Punjab over the pardon granted to preacher Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh for allegedly imitating Guru Gobind Singh in 2007.

Some Sikh groups have claimed the preacher’s followers had desecrated the holy book.

The firing incident followed a separate protests in the area. At least 75 people were injured after police used canning and water cannons to disperse those protesters.

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