Rail and road traffic were paralysed in several parts of Punjab on Wednesday as supporters of the Dera Sacha Sauda and Sikhs clashed in Haryana’s Fatehabad town during the day-long bandh called by a Sikh group in Punjab and Haryana.
Activists of the Sant Samaj, a conglomerate of Sikh organisations, squatted on rail tracks near Vallah in Amritsar during the bandh and demanded the arrest of Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
Thousands of passengers were stranded at Amritsar railway station as bandh supporters blocked the Garib Rath Express and forced cancellation of nine trains, including the 2014 Shatabdi Express, 2460 Super Fast, 5708 Amrapali Express, 2716 Sachkhand Express, 2929 Paschim Express, 1058 Dadar Express and 2054 Jan Shatabdi, a report from Amritsar said.
Some private educational institutions, too, remained closed at various places in Punjab as a precautionary measure.
The authorities made tight security arrangements in view of the bandh.