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Bandh throws life out of gear in city

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, June 07, 2014
First Published: 01:38 IST(7/6/2014) | Last Updated: 01:39 IST(7/6/2014)

City came to a standstill on Friday following a bandh called by Sikh radical group Dal Khalsa to mark the 30th anniversary of Operation Bluestar.

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Even as police have made elaborated security arrangements to avoid any untoward incident, almost 80% shops and other commercial establishments remained closed.

Despite the assurance from police that nobody will be allowed to get the shops closed forcibly, activists of various radical groups asked shopkeepers to shutdown in many parts of the city.

Some sporadic incidents of conflicts between shopkeepers and activists of the radical group, who were forcing closure, have been reported from a few localities.

However, police tackled the situation and detained some of the activists.

As soon as the news of clash inside the Golden Temple spread in the morning, most of the shopkeepers decided to keep their shops shut, while residents preferred to stay at home, sensing things may turn worse.

As the clash broke out, the security was tightened outside the Golden Temple and main markets to avoid any conflict outside the shrine.

The bandh was complete in areas around Harmandar Sahib, Hall Gate, Katra Jaimal Singh market and almost in the walled city, though life was normal in parts of the Civil Lines.

However, as the day progressed, the city returned to normalcy and shops opened up.
Police teams and anti-riot police parties patrol in various parts of the city to ensure that things remain under control.

Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh, who remained in the area around Harmandar Sahib, said: "Adequate security measures have been taken to avoid any untoward incident. There were sporadic incidents of shopkeepers being forced by radicals of various groups to shutdown, though they were detained."

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