4 injured in Punjab clash

4 injured in Punjab clash”

The inter-group fight erupted after pone of them attempted to install a board with picture of Dalit icon Dr BR Ambedkar at the Gol Chowk here on National Highway-1.

The situation in Phagwara in Punjab continues to be tense despite imposition of section 144 (against unlawful assembly) following clashes between Dalits and non-Dalits which left six injured.

The chief minister, who is personally monitoring the situation after the incident, has ordered suspension of mobile Internet services in Kapurthala, SBS Nagar, Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur districts to check rumour-mongering on social media.

"The order of suspension of mobile internet services (2G/3G/4G/CDMA), all SMS services and all dongle services provided on mobile networks, except voice calls. shall be in force for next 24 hours with immediate effect", the order said. The trouble arose on the eve of Ambedkar Jayanti when one group tried to put up the statue at the Balmiki Chowk crossing which was opposed by the other group.

Ambedkar statue row: Shiv Sena leader beaten up allegedly by Dalits in Punjab

This was objected to by another group which led to the clashes.

Police in Phagwara made preventive arrest of four local leaders including state vice-president of Shiv Sena (Thackeray) Inderjeet Singh Karwal, Deepak Bharadwaj of Hindu Suraksha Samiti, Shiva of Shivsena (Hindu) and Raju Chahal. Punjab Shiv Sena vice president Rajesh Palta was also allegedly thrashed by members of the opposite group, they said. As per the police, firing was witnessed in the area and stones were also hurled.

Tension prevailed in the city following yesterdays clash as several shops and commercial establishments remained closed and around 700 security men took out a flag march on Saturday morning to instill confidence in the public.

Meanwhile, the visit of Punjab Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Shawait Malik was cancelled owing to the tension, as he was to visit Phagwara on Saturday to address BJP councillors.

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