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Curfew relaxed in Punjab; violence affects Haryana

india Updated: May 27, 2009 01:48 IST

Curfew was on Tuesday relaxed in four violence-hit cities of Punjab, which remained by and large peaceful barring a town in Mukhtsar district where protestors clashed with police, even as in neighbouring Haryana some areas were affected by disturbances after the killing of a sect leader in Vienna.

Curfew was eased in Hoshiarpur, Phargwara and Jalandhar, the hub of Dera Sachkhand whose followers had indulged in largescale violence on Monday after the attack on its leaders in Vienna, official sources said.

In Ludhiana, curfew was relaxed in five sensitive police station areas while it was lifted in rest of the district following improvement in the situation, they said.

Curfew was imposed in Malout town in Mukhtsar district after protestors pelted stones on the police and damaged the vehicle of the Additional Deputy Commissioner following which police used canes and later fired, injuring one person.

In Sangrur, a bus was damaged when agitators set it ablaze after asking passengers to alight.

A protestor was killed late last night when an SAD councillor fired in "self-defence" in Jalandhar after his car was attacked and set on fire, they said. With this, the death toll in the violence in Punjab rose to three. Army and police patrolled the violence-hit area to maintain calm.

In Haryana, protestors clashed with police near parade ground on Ambala-Jagadhri road and damaged a building of the Municipal Committee in Jagadhri town in Yamunanagar district.

Police fired eight rounds in the air to disperse a mob in Jagadhri, where protestors also damaged a government senior second school building besides eight cars belonging to the school staff and motorcycles.