Phag­wara still tense; shops, schools closed

Po­lice teams hold flag march in city; se­cu­rity out­side houses of right­wing lead­ers beefed up

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTPUNJAB - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

PRI­VATE BANKS ALSO PRE­FERRED TO DOWN SHUT­TERS AND STREET VEN­DORS DIDN’T SET UP STALLS; 2,000 SE­CU­RITY PER­SON­NEL DE­PLOYED

PHAG­WARA: Three days af­ter a clash be­tween mem­bers of Dalit groups and Hindu right-wing or­gan­i­sa­tions over the re­nam­ing of the ‘Gol Chowk’, an un­easy clam pre­vailed in the city. No fresh vi­o­lence was re­ported, but ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes and shops re­mained closed on Mon­day.

Pri­vate banks also pre­ferred to down shut­ters and street ven­dors did not set up stalls. The clash had taken place in the hub of the Dalit com­mu­nity.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion claims to have de­ployed 2,000 se­cu­rity per­son­nel to en­sure peace in the city. Po­lice car­ried out a mock drill and a flag march. Se­cu­rity was de­ployed out­side the res­i­dence of Hindu right-wing lead­ers. “The sit­u­a­tion is un­der con­tro. We have de­ployed ad­e­quate se­cu­rity,” SSP San­deep Ku­mar Sharma said.

IN­TER­NET SER­VICES TO RE­SUME ON TUES­DAY

“In­ter­net and SMS ser­vices will re­main sus­pended till Mon­day night. They will re­sume on Tues­day morn­ing af­ter re­view­ing the sit­u­a­tion. As of now, I have not re­ceived any or­der to sus­pend in­ter­net in the re­gion on Tues­day,” deputy com­mis­sioner Mo­ham­mad Tayyab said.

Ex­er­cis­ing his pow­ers un­der sec­tion 144 of the Code of Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure (CRPC), the DC has also di­rected all print­ing presses in the district not to print any ob­jec­tion­able con­tent that can hurt re­li­gious sen­ti­ments.

ARMS LI­CENCE CAN­CELLED

Phag­wara po­lice have can­celled the arms li­cences of four Hindu out­fit lead­ers it had ar­rested on Sun­day. The lead­ers — Shiv Sena (Bal Thack­eray) se­nior state vice-pres­i­dent In­der­jit Kar­wal, Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Surak­sha Samiti state pres­i­dent Deepak Bhard­waj, Shiv Sena leader Shivi Batta and one Ra­jiv Cha­hal — were booked for at­tempt to mur­der and hurt­ing re­li­gious sen­ti­ments. No other ar­rests have been made. An of­fi­cial said po­lice are re­view­ing arms li­cences of those booked.

The ten­sion started af­ter hun­dreds of Dal­its, led by Lok In­saaf Party (LIP) leader Jar­nail Nan­gal, gath­ered at the ‘Gol Chowk’, car­ry­ing sharp-edged weapons to in­stall a ban­ner to re­name it, “Samvid­han Chowk” on Fri­day night. Shiv Sena lead­ers ob­jected to this.

Fol­low­ing this, the two groups pelted stones on each other and opened fire, in­jur­ing five peo­ple. One of the in­jured, Yash­want Bobby is un­der­go­ing treat­ment at DMC, Ludhiana. SP (head­quar­ters) Jaski­ran­jit Singh said his con­di­tion was crit­i­cal. How­ever, doc­tors claimed that Bobby was re­cov­er­ing quickly. On Satur­day, Phag­wara Po­lice reg­is­tered an FIR and booked around 100 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 33 by name.

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