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Tension grips village Jida in Punjab

Last Updated: Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 22:27

Bathinda: Tension gripped Jida village on
the Bajakhna road here on Sunday when some sikh extremists
allegedly tried to stop the religious discourse (naam Charcha)
being organised by the Dera Sacha Sauda followers at the house
of Gurtej Insa.

As soon as the news of religios discourse spread the
surrounding villages, sikh extremist followers objected the
discourse and tried to stop the followers from attending it,
officials said.

The dera followers were also in no mood to dispense
their discourse so the Sikhs blocked the national highway to
force the administration to stop the spiritual discourse.

The district police rushed to the spot and cleared
the jam and arrested the 90 sikhs who had staged it.
Senior superintendent of Police Ashish Chaudhary said
that the situation is under control and there is peace in the
village and that the dharna was lifted.

Convener of the joint action committee formed in
connection with the killing of Sanjit, Thongram Anita said
"We will not allow police commandos to enter our area till our
demands are met."

Apunba Lup, which is spearheading the movement for
removal of AFSPA from the state, has called a 48-hour general
strike starting midnight tonight to protest the killing of
Sanjit.

Lup`s coordinator Sunil Karam demanded that Chief
Minister Okram Ibobi should resign for making a statement
"justifying" police action in the incident in the Assembly
without any inquiry.

In the July 23 incident at BT Road in the heart of
Imphal, Sanjit along with a 5-month pregnant woman, Th Rabina,
were killed. Police claimed Rabina was killed by bullets of
the militant.

Bureau Report



First Published: Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 22:27

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