Phagwara clash; Injured Dalit youth dies, cremated amid tense

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Phagwara: Yashwant alias Bobby (19 ), a Dalit activist, who was critically injured in the clash, in which three others were also injured on April 13, succumbed  to injuries around 1.45 am at DMC Hospital in Ludhiana.

Phagwara clash; Injured Dalit youth dies, cremated amid tense

The youth was critically injured in a clash in Phagwara between members of Dalit outfits and Hindu right-wing groups on the issue of renaming a traffic intersection, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital last night.

His body was sent to Phagwara on Sunday morning after postmortem by doctors under tight police security.

The leaders carried his stretcher on their shoulder for more than half-an-hour on Banga Road amid sloganeering and demanding immediate naming of Gol Chowk as Samvidhan Chowk and even placing a memorial of Bobby at the point.

Meanwhile, internet services have been suspended in Doaba region since last night. The were suspended at 11 pm last night

Inspector General of Police Naunihal Singh said they have connected CCTVs and were monitoring it from the city’s police station

Assistant IG Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh has been given an additional charge to tackle the Phagwara case.

They finally agreed to move ahead after the intervention of AIG (Intelligence) Harkamalpreet Khakh. At the cremation ground, wreaths were laid by Congress MLA Raj Kumar Chabbewal, DC Mohammad Tayyab and SSP Sandeep Sharma. Akali MLA Pawan Tinu also attended the cremation.

Trouble again arose when the Sympathiser Citizens were returning back after the funeral and attempted to go to the Goal Chowk again from the turning of Subhash Chowk but heavily deployed police force again foiled their bid after a minor scuffle.

On April 13, clashes erupted in Phagwara between members of Dalit outfits and Hindu right-wing groups after Dalit members allegedly put up a board with a picture of B R Ambedkar at Gol Chowk.

They also tried to rename the intersection as Samvidhan Chowk. Four persons were injured in the clashes.

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