Gurdaspur: Curfew was lifted today from
Gurdaspur town of Punjab on the fifth day of its imposition in
the wake of communal clash and the death of a student in
police firing last week.
Pathankot DC Sibben C, who holds additional charge of
Gurdaspur district, said on today curfew had been withdrawn as
normalcy prevailed in the last two days during curfew
However, the ban on assembly of more than four persons
within the Gurdaspur municipal limit will continue as a
precautionary measure to maintain law and order.
Sibbin, who held a meeting with members of peace
committee set up to promote harmony, said the city people
assured the district administration that the committee members
in each ward would go from door to door to meet residents in
the sensitive pockets of the city to ensure that the otherwise
peaceful atmosphere in the city was not vitiated.
Shopkeepers at Hanuman chowk said they were happy that
curfew had been lifted and buyers were returning to bazaars
and there was no atmosphere of fear or tension among them.
Jaspal Singh, a student of an Engineering college was
killed in the firing on March 29, a day after a procession was
taken out in protest against the death sentence of Balwant
Singh Rajoana convicted in the killing of former Punjab Chief
Minister Beant Singh.
The state government transferred Gurdaspur Deputy
Commissioner Mohinder Singh and ordered suspension of SSP
Varinder Pal and a DSP Manpreet Singh in the wake of the clash
and police firing.