Faridkot city virtually shut down while the outskirts of Jaiton, Sadik and Kotakpura observed partial shutdown today to protest against unsolved cases of more than three dozen missing persons.
More than 3,000 policemen were deployed in the district to maintain law and order. The police had conducted a flag march last evening to urge people not to observe bandh, but the appeals were unheeded. All shops were shut today, and few schools and colleges were open.
Police rounded up around 50 people of an action committee who were marching towards Dana Mandi to stage a rally. Neetu Kapur, sister of one Manoj Kapur who is one of the missing persons, alleged that she was injured when the police stopped them from marching ahead.
Geetika Sharma, whose son Harshit Sharma is missing since October 2013, said that the police were not doing anything to solve the cases and not even allowing them to protest. Neetu Kapur later led the protesters, who sat on dharna in front of Kotwali in Faridkot city area.
The detained people, who were sent to Sadik jail, had not been released till the time of filing this report.SSP Faridkot S S Kahlon was not available for comments.