After a tense curfew for four days Gurdaspur is fast returning to normalcy. The city witnessed high tension after an 18 year old youth Jaspal Singh of Chorh Sidhwan near here was killed in police firing during a bandh called by Shiv Sena on March 29.
The bandh was called to protest against a case being registered against local Shiv Sena president Harvinder Soni who allegedly beat up three youths during a bandh which was called by Sikh organisations in Gurdaspur on March 28 to protest against the scheduled hanging of Balwant Singh Rajoana.
The family of Jaspal Singh cremated his body at Chorh Sidhwan on Saturday only after Gurdaspur DC Mohinder Singh Kainth was shifted; SSP Varinder Pal Singh and DSP (Rural 1) Manpreet Singh were placed under suspension and an FIR was lodged against DSP and ASI Harjinder Singh for killing Jaspal Singh.
The Naib Tehsildar and Duty Magistrate JP Salwan had already been suspended. Pathankot deputy commissioner Sibin C has been given the additional charge of Gurdaspur district as DC. Similarly Pathankot senior superintendent of police Surinder Kumar Kalia has been assigned the additional duty of Gurdaspur SSP too.
The administration relaxed the curfew for three hours from 6.00 am to 9.00 am on Sunday morning, which was extended to 11,00 am and then to 1.00 pm to enable the residents to buy essential commodities.
People turned up at the markets in large numbers to buy groceries. Those who were due to get married in these days were inconvenienced and got married in the outskirts of the town.
Gurdaspur sub divisional magistrate Tejinderpal Singh Sandhu said it had been a peaceful curfew. He told that a meeting of the peace committee would be held under the chairmanship of new deputy commissioner Sibin C at the Panchayat Bhavan in Gurdaspur on Monday.
The administration further relaxed the curfew from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm on Sunday.