July 23, 2016 10:23:04 am
Coming face-to-face during their protest marches, Shiv Sena leaders and Muslims clashed with each other at Phagwara on Friday. No casualties were reported as the police managed to control the situation.
Sources said following the recent disruption of the Amarnath Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir, the Shiv Sena leaders had been targeting the local Muslims and raising anti-Pakistan slogans. On Thursday evening, they wrote ‘Pakistan Murdabad” on the wall of a shop owned by a Muslim.
Muslims protested against this attitude of the Shiv Sena and took out a march under the leadership of Uvais-ur- Rehman, the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid of Pahgwara. The Shiv Sena leaders, too, carried out a protest march, led by their state vice-president Inderjit Karwal, while raising anti-Pakistan slogans. Both the groups came face to face at Naiyan Wala Chowk and passed comments on each other. Tempers ran high and both the sides started pelting stones at each other. SHO Aman Devesher suffered minor injuries.
SP Ajinder Singh and DSP Harkanwalpreet Chahal rushed to the spot with police force and managed to control the situation. Later, DIG (Jalandhar range), Kapurthala SSP Rajinder Singh and Deputy Commissioner Jaskiran Singh visited the spot.Heavy police force was deployed at Phagwara to avoid any untoward incident.
Late in the evening Phagwara police registered a case against Shiv Sena leaders including Inderjit Karwal and six others. The case was registered on the complaint of Uvvais-ur- Rehman. After this, state Shiv Sena president, Yog Raj, gave a bandh call for Saturday in Phagwara and demanded transfer of SP and DSP.
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