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September 21, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Punjab violence

Twelve persons were killed, and a number of others injured when police opened fire to disperse a sword-wielding crowd of Nihangs, which attacked security forces after Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale surrendered to the police and was taken to Ludhiana.

By: Editorial |
September 21, 2021 5:07:02 am
The mob burnt a police jeep, a truck, three makeshift police offices, an improvised canteen and an unspecified number of beds and belongings of policemen.

Twelve persons were killed, and a number of others injured when police opened fire to disperse a sword-wielding crowd of Nihangs, which attacked security forces after Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale surrendered to the police and was taken to Ludhiana. The mob burnt a police jeep, a truck, three makeshift police offices, an improvised canteen and an unspecified number of beds and belongings of policemen. A jawan of the Punjab Armed Police was reportedly killed when a Nihang attacked him with a sword. The Bhindranwale had specifically asked his followers to remain peaceful after his arrest.

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