A state-wide bandh called by two students outfits to protest against 1984 anti-Sikh riots, evoked a mixed response with rail and road traffic being partially affected at a few places.
Members of All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) and Sikh Students Federation (SSF) squatted on rail tracks near Gurudwara Dukh Nivaran at Ludhiana for around five hours in the morning following which movement of few trains, including Shatabdi express, Shan-e-Punjab, Katiyar express and Jansewa express remained affected for few hours, police said.
Meanwhile, AISSF President Karnail Singh Peermohammad alongwith around 50 people have been rounded up by police at Amritsar when they were trying to block road traffic movement.Here are few photos.
Members of Sikh organisations blocking the Howrah-Amritsar express near gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib in Ludhiana on Saturday. HT Photo
Harried lot of passengers await as the protesters halt trains at the Ludhiana railway station.Sikander Singh Chopra/HT
Most shops reamined opened in Patiala that registered no response to the Punjab Bandh. Bharat Bhushan/HT
Women police personnel taking stock of situation in Amritsar on Saturday. Sameer Sehgal/HT
Cops stands guard during Punjab Bandh call near Ram Bagh Railway crossing in Amritsar on Saturday. Sameer Sehgal / HT
Police trying to control protesters near Guru Nanak Mission Chowk in Jalandhar on Saturday. Pardeep Pandit/HT
Gloom settled over passengers at railway station as train services were hit due to the bandh in Jalandhar on Saturday. Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo
Police detaining members of All India Sikh Students Federation in Amritsar on Saturday. Sameer Sehgal / HT