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Bandh disrupts life in Punjab

india Updated: Jul 23, 2008 12:32 IST
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Rail and road traffic were adversely affected in several part of state on Wednesday following a day-long bandh sponsored by a Sikh body seeking arrest of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

The activists of Sant Samaj - a conglomerate of various Sikh organisations - squatted on rail tracks near Vala village in Amritsar district and stopped the Garib Rath Express, officials said.

The Railway authorities, as a precautionary measure, have stalled Amritsar-Delhi Shatabdi Express, Jan Shatabdi express, Sachkhand Express and Amritsar-Delhi Super Express at Amritsar Railway station.

The road traffic on national highways and other roads were also disrupted at Fatehgarh, Phagwara and Moga, the officials said.

The Sant Samaj has given a bandh call seeking arrest of the Dera chief for his alleged involvement in the killing of three Sikhs including one each at Mumbai and Dabwali in the state recently.

Meanwhile, Samaj convener Harnam Singh Khalsa has assured that the bandh "will be peaceful and essential services will not be disrupted."

However, private institutions remained closed at several places of Punjab anticipating trouble during the bandh.

The security agencies of Punjab and Haryana have made elaborate arrangements with the deployment of additional troops to prevent any untoward incident.