Tuesday, Oct 04, 2022

Two more dead in Punjab violence

Punjab was by and large peaceful on Tuesday,barring Muktsar district where protestors clashed with police even as violence over the killing of a sect leader in Vienna spread to some areas of neighbouring Haryana.

The situation in Punjab continued to be tense on Tuesday,with the death toll reaching three and curfew being imposed in two more cities,Muktsar and Malout,after dera followers clashed with the police. In Jalandhar,one Vijay Kumar died late on Monday night after Akali Dal councillor Balbir Singh fired at a mob. Another agitator,Roop Rani,died of heart failure when she was protesting at Nakodar Chowk.

In Malout,dera followers pelted the police with stones when the district authorities attempted to prevent them from progressing on a march. Some policemen,including Additional Deputy Commissioner,Muktsar,were injured in the incident. The police opened fire on the agitators,injuring one person.

In Muktsar,400-500 dera followers attacked police personnel deployed outside Ravi Dass Bhavan after they held a prayer meeting for Sant Ramanand at a local gurdwara. They were soon joined by local residents,who also pelted stones,forcing the police to lathicharge and then open fire on the mob.

In Phagwara,protesters attacked the farmhouse of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) member Jarnail Singh Wahid and set fire to his wheat chaff stock,while in Faridkot,a group of nearly 300 followers of the sect marched through the city bazaar and handed over a memorandum to DC V K Meena,demanding action against those guilty of killing Sant Ramanand.

Subscriber Only Stories
Govt saw fodder crisis coming over two years ago, but plans remained on p...Premium
ExplainSpeaking: As RSS sounds alarm, taking stock of India’s poverty, in...Premium
Svante Paabo awarded Nobel Prize in Medicine: Mapping Neanderthal genomePremium
With reverses in Ukraine, Putin’s options are shrinkingPremium

A four-hour curfew relaxation in Ludhiana from 10 am to 2 pm passed off peacefully,except for a solitary incident of stone pelting. Security remained heavy.

Traffic blocks and protest marches were held at many places in the state,with nine in Jalandhar alone,despite the curfew. Educational institutions were also closed in Amritsar,Gurdaspur and Nawanshahr,besides the cities under curfew.

In Haryana,meanwhile,the violence spread from Ambala to other towns as well. Worst hit was Jagadhri,where protesters went on a rampage,damaging vehicles and clashing with the police.

First published on: 26-05-2009 at 04:04:02 am
Next Story

Golf camp concludes

Latest Comment
Post Comment
Read Comments