Tension grips village Jida in Punjab
Last Updated: Sunday, August 02, 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 02, 2009, 22:27

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