Thousands of migrant workers went on a rampage here for the second day on Friday, burning vehicles and blocking rail and road traffic on Grand Trunk Road that leads to Delhi.
The protesters burnt over a dozen vehicles, including private cars and an army truck and injured a police inspector. The administration has imposed curfew in five police station areas of the city, about 90 km from state capital Punjab.
The migrant workers have been protesting against poor police response to incidents of robbery by a biker gang. Over 500 workers gathered around 8.30 pm and started throwing stones at passing vehicles.
On Friday morning, the workers stopped the Amritsar-Patna Akal Takht Express. Another group collected on the Grand Trunk Road and attacked vehicles. Soon, a roadblock was set up and some vehicles set on fire.
"The Union Home Ministry has been requested to send two battalions of paramilitary forces for deployment in Ludhiana," DGP P.S. Gill told reporters at a press conference here.
The security personnel conducted a flag march in the affected areas of the town, he said.
Inspector General of Punjab Police Sanjeev Kalra said the situation had been brought under control. He said, “Traffic on the rail track as well as the Grand Trunk Road has been restored. However...curfew has been imposed.”
But Harcharan Singh Bains, media advisor to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said in Chandigarh that the Punjab Police were caught unawares. But was quick to add that the situation was tense but under control.
(With inputs from Chandigarh Bureau and PTI)