Bandh paralyses normal life; road-rail traffic disrupted
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 03, 2009, 22:23
Chandigarh: Normal life was paralysed and rail and road traffic disrupted in many parts of the state following a day-long bandh called by radical Sikh groups to protest alleged inaction against 1984 riots accused.

The bandh was peaceful, except for a minor clash at Arya Mohalla in Ludhiana where two groups of people raised slogans against each other. Pro and anti-slogans led to stone-throwing before police dispersed them by force.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal later said the bandh was an outcome of the people's resentment against Centre's apathy towards the victims of 1984 Sikh riots, who had been denied justice even after 25 years.

A good number of trains were either cancelled or short terminated following blockades at various places, including between Rajpura and Shambu on the mainline Ambala-Ludhiana section and at Manawala near Amritsar.

A senior divisional officer at Ambala said that over 10 trains were either detained or terminated or cancelled in the division. Services on the Ambala-Kalka and Ambala- Saharanpur routes were, however, normal.

A few trains from Amritsar, Ferozepur and Ludhiana were also cancelled leaving passengers stranded. Disruption of road traffic added to their misery, police said.

The trains detained or cancelled at Ambala included the Amritsar-Hardwar Jan Shatabdi, Amritsar-New Delhi Express, New Delhi Amritsar Swarn Shatabdi, Howrah-Amritsar Express and New Delhi Amritsar Shan-e-Punjab.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, November 03, 2009, 22:23

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