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Sirsa clash: Bathinda, Mansa put on alert

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bathinda, November 24, 2012
First Published: 20:58 IST(24/11/2012) | Last Updated: 23:53 IST(24/11/2012)

After second clash in a week between followers of Dera Sacha Sauda and members of Sikh community in Sirsa, Haryana, on Saturday, the police have put on alert the sensitive areas in Bathinda and Mansa districts of Punjab.

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As per police officials, heavy police force is being deployed at sensitive areas in two districts to avoid any untoward incident as the clash may lead to tension in the area.

Meanwhile, Simranjeet Singh Mann, president, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), and general secretary Gursewak Singh Jawaharke have termed the clash a "deep-rooted" conspiracy of the Centre against the Sikh community. "The intelligence agencies of the central government - IB (Intelligence Bureau) and RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) - are giving protection to the dera against the Sikhs, they alleged. "I have also demanded from Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hood and chief secretary to get the dera searched after deploying army as dangerous activities are going on in there," Mann claimed.

Sikhs and dera followers had also clashed near Sirsa town on November 19 in which people were hurt.

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