Rajoana case: Shutdown in Gurdaspur today

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 their protest.

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 Patil.