Akal Garh mar­ket tense as traders at­tacked over Face­book re­marks

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - HT Live Cor­re­spon­dent ludlivedesk@hin­dus­tan­times.com LUD­HI­ANA:

So­cial net­work­ing web­sites, like Face­book, pop­u­lar for pro­vid­ing a plat­form to make new friends can also be a rea­son for an­i­mos­ity.

A shop­keeper and his brother were al­legedly at­tacked by ac­tivists of the Sikh Stu­dent Fed­er­a­tion with sharp- edged weapons at their shop in Akal Garh mar­ket on Thurs­day over al­leged un­pleas­ant re­marks on Face­book about their lead­ers.

As peo­ple from the nearby shops rushed to the spot on hear­ing cries of shop­keeper Jatin­der Singh and his brother Harvin­der Singh, the sus­pects tried to flee the spot. Two of the sus­pects were caught by peo­ple and handed over to po­lice. Mean­while, some­one al­legedly fired a shot in the air. The shop­keep­ers held the Sikh Stu­dent Fed­er­a­tion ( Mehta) leader Paramjit Singh Khalsa re­spon­si­ble for the at­tack.

Traders in the mar­ket al­leged that fed­er­a­tion lead­ers were sus­pect­ing that Jatin­der and Harvin­der had posted ob­jec­tion­able re­marks against their lead­ers on Face­book. In protest, the mar­ket as­so­ci­a­tion closed the shops and de­manded a strict ac­tion against the at­tack­ers.

The ag­i­tated shop­keep­ers re­turned to busi­ness af­ter the Division No. 1 po­lice took the two sus­pects, iden­ti­fied as Manin­der Pal Singh and Amardeep Singh into cus­tody, and booked two oth­ers, Jas­pal Singh and Jaswinder Singh, for at­tempt to murder. Both of them are ab­scond­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to in­spec­tor Surinder Mo­han, Sikh Stu­dent Fed­er­a­tion ( Mehta) leader Paramjit Singh Khalsa had asked his sup­port­ers to call both of them for talks, but they at­tacked the duo.

The po­lice have launched a man­hunt to nab the sus­pects at large and started the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Mean­while, Akal Garh

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Gosha con­demned the in­ci­dent and de­manded a strict ac­tion against the cul­prits.

FIR­ING CRE­ATES PANIC

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One of the shop­keep­ers who was at­tacked de­scribes the in­ci­dent at Akal Garh mar­ket in Lud­hi­ana on Thurs­day.

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