Azad receives 'Guru Manyo Granth Jagriti Yatra' in J and K

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Jammu, Apr 4 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir today rolled out the red carpet for 'Guru Manyo Granth Jagriti Yatra' with Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad receiving the procession at Lakhanpur bordering the state of Punjab.

Accompanied by his ministers and legislators, Mr Azad received the Yatra, which had started from Nanded in Maharashtra as part of the celebration of the 300 years of the holy book Guru Granth Sahib.

Former Chief Minister and Member Parliament, Farooq Abdullah, was also present to welcome the Yatra.

A copy of the Guru Granth Sahib, handwritten by Shaheed Baba Deep Singh, and weapons of Guru Gobind Singhji form part of the procession.

The Yatra, passing through various parts of the country, would culminate at Nanded itself.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said the Guru Granth Sahib like other religious scriptures taught brotherhood and amity and called upon people to strengthen these values.

''Jammu and Kashmir is an abode of communal harmony, and the warm reception given to the Yatra today by the members of various communities was an expression of this fact,'' Mr Azad added.

The Chief Minister hoped that the Yatra would promote communal harmony and brotherhood.

Meanwhile, elaborate security arrangements were made to check any untoward incident on the occasion.

Traffic police had made several diversions on the Jammu-Pathankot national highway to minimise inconvenience to the people.

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