Dalit–Hindu clash: Internet services suspended in four districts of Punjab


Chandigarh: As per media reports mobile internet and SMS services have been suspended in the four districts of Punjab for next 24 hours. These districts are Jalandhar , Hoshiarpur , Kapurthala and Nawanshehr.

The decision have been taken keeping in view the tension following clashes between Dalits  and the right wing Hindu organizations at Phagwara.

Kapurthala Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Tayab said the situation is under control and being monitored.

Situation remained tense on Saturday here with shopkeepers opting to be keep their business establishments closed even as a leader of Punjab Shiv Sena, Rajesh Palta was attacked by a group of unidentified people in local Balmiki Chowk in the morning.

When the police reached the spot to rescue him, the group pelted cops with stones and also damaged a police vehicle near Valmiki Chowk in Subhash Nagar.

Senior Superintendent of Police Sandeep Sharma said adequate forces have been deployed to avoid any untoward incident in the city.Situation in Phagwara has been tense since the “Bharat bandh” in protest of “dilution of the SC/ST Act” on April 2.

A night before Ambedkar Jayanti, activists of Ambedkar Sena (Mool Niwasi) on Friday night put up two hoardings to “name” a chowk on national highway as “Samvidhaan Chowk” with Dr BR Ambedkar’s picture on these.

After these hoardings were fixed at around 8 pm, leaders of some right wing groups, including factions of Shiv Sena, gathered there to oppose the move saying that the action of Dalit body was illegal. Police officials rushed to avert a clash and till before midnight activists from both the sides stayed put.

Situation took an ugly turn on Saturday when Shiv Sena leader Rajesh Palta was allegedly beaten up by Dalits at Balmiki Chowk here.

The meetings of both communities were being held at separate places. Hindu activists had assembled at Shri Hanuman Garrhi Shrine complex, while Dalits were present at Shri Ravi Dass Mandir Chack Hakim.

Though after a flag march in the town, the DC and SSP had visited the places to pacify both groups who remained adamant on their respective stands.




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