Chandigarh, Mar 29: Curfew was today clamped in Gurdaspur city following heightened tension between Shiv Sena activists and some Sikh youths.
“Curfew has been imposed in Gurdaspur City after tension mounted between some Shiv Sainiks and other youths, including Sikhs,” Gurdaspur Deputy Commissioner Mohinder Singh Kainth told PTI over phone here.
He said that the Shiv Sainiks had given a call for Gurdaspur bandh today in the wake of registration of cases against some persons following clashes during Punjab bandh yesterday.
During the bandh, most of the establishments owned by Hindus were closed whereas those belonging to Sikhs were open, sources said adding that resisting the move of Sikhs the Shiv Sena activists came face to face with them mounting tension in the city.
In order to disperse the two groups, police allegedly opened fire in which one person died and another was injured, sources said.
However, Kainth said that police resorted to firing to disperse the two groups in which one person was injured. “We are verifying the facts whether the person was injured during the firing,” he said.
The Shiv Sainiks were protesting against the registration of cases against 14 Hindus following a scuffle during Punjab bandh yesterday, sources said adding that the police opened fire in air to disperse the mob in Hanuman Chowk in the heart of the border town.
Police also cane-charged and lobbed tear gas shells to disperse the mob, sources said.
During the Punjab bandh yesterday 14 Hindu youths had opposed the Sikh organisations to shut down the shutters of their establishments resulting in clash between the two groups.
Meanwhile, Kainth said that the situation was “under control”.
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.