Days after the murder of a 12-year-old Vibhu Jain,Malerkotla finally opened for business amid strong police presence after being shut for three consecutive days.
The markets opened only when the police released four out of the five Muslim boys who had been detained and declared them as innocent. Later,the police announced a prize money of Rs 5 lakh for any information on the accused. Patiala Zone IG Ishwar Singh said,The identity of the persons who will give any information regarding the murderers will be kept a secret. People can give information on cellphone numbers 9592900051 and 80545450003 of SSP Mandeep Singh Sidhu and SP(D) Paramjeet Singh Goraya.
On Thursday morning,the peace committee of Malerkotla held a meeting and appealed to masses to remain calm. Announcements were made in mosques that the boys who were detained have been released. Following this,the markets started opening.
Meanwhile,unhappy with the police,Hindu organisations are set to take out a protest rally on Friday in front of Khalsa College in Ludhiana.