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Posted at: Apr 16, 2018, 1:59 AM; last updated: Apr 16, 2018, 1:59 AM (IST)

Flag march held to defuse tension

Flag march held to defuse tension
A flag march being conducted in Jalandhar over the prevailing tension in neighbouring Phagwara. Tribune Photos: Malkiat Singh

Our Correspondent

Phagwara, April 15

Tension continued in Phagwara on third day also and residents were in panic and in an atmosphere of uncertainty and fear. In a damage control exercise by the Civil and police administration, the Phagwara police was forced on Saturday to register three different cases after 24 hours of the Friday night violent clashes in Phagwara against 300 unknown persons including 33 identified persons. These were Lok Insaf Party Leader Jarnail Nangal and his son, Dalit leader Harbhghan Suman, Pardeep Kumar Mal, Satish Suman, Parminder Bodh, Sham Lal, Jaswinder and Bobby, Resham,Pawan, Ashwini,Surinder Dhadha, Yash Barna, Ballu Walia, Bantoo Walia, Zimmi Karwal, Sahbi Touri, Shiv Sena Leaders Inderjit Karwal (Sr State Vice-President of Shiv Sena Bal Thakrey), Shivi Butta,Sanjeev Johny,Yogesh Parbhakar, Deepak Bhardwaj, Rajesh Palta(State Vice-President Shiv Sena Punjab) and Raju Chahal under Section 307(attempt to murder),295A (hurting of religious sentiments), 392(robbery), 353(assaulting), Arms Act, and the National High Ways Act.

However, it could not be ascertained yet who opened the fire. Hindu activists are alleging that fire was opened by Dalit activists while Dalit activists are denying and alleging that fire was opened by Shiv Sena. Meanwhile, several residents are holding cops responsible for opening the fire, but the police is strongly denying the fact. Meanwhile, more than 1,700 additional cops including Rapid Action Force and anti-riots squads deputed in Phagwara are still in Phagwara to prevent any untoward incident and to maintain normal law and order. DC Kapurthala Mohammad Tayab has strongly warned the miscreants to mend their behavior.


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