Gurdaspur: A number of traders Thursday closed
their shops following a bandh call given by some right-wing organisations here to protest the registration of case against 14 members of their community.
The traders did not open shops since morning to register
Police had to open fire in the air to disperse the mob in Hanuman Chowk today as tension gripped the town.
The case had been registered following a scuffle between
two groups during Punjab bandh yesterday.
At Phagwara too, there was tension following scuffle
between two communities last evening.
Police had cordoned off the area near Hanumangarhi in
Phagwara and heavy force had been deployed to keep the
situation under control, a police official said.
Yesterday, normal life was crippled across Punjab which
witnessed sporadic violence during the day-long shutdown,
called by radical Sikh outfits, to protest the scheduled
hanging of Balwant Singh Rajoana, a convict in the former
Chief Minister Beant Singh assassination case.
However, last evening, the hanging of Babbar Khalsa
terrorist was stayed by the Centre following a mercy petition
by the apex Sikh religious body SGPC to President Pratibha