Indo-Pak int’l expo: Sena activists stage protests against Pak presence

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Apr 20, 2016 21:13 IST
Activists of Shiv Sena (Sher-e-Punjab) burning the Pakistani flag outside the event venue in Amritsar on Saturday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

As traders from across the border have reached Amritsar to take part in Indo-Pak International Expo-2016 at the Trillium Mall here, activists of Shiv Sena and other Hindu bodies staged a protests in different parts of the city, including the one outside the venue.

Shiv Sena (Sher-e-Punjab) activists held a protest outside the venue and burnt the Pakistani flag. Also, members of another faction of the Shiv Sena, held a protest on Jhabhal Road. Though police managed to restrict the protesters are different locations, one group managed to reach outside Trillium Mall. They raised antiPakistan slogans and demanded that the organisers should ask the traders from other side of the border to leave.

“Despite the fact that Pakistan sponsors terror attacks in India, Indian government allows traders from across the border to make money here. This very money they spend against our country,” said Sachin Behal, president of Shiv Sena (Rashtrawadi).

Om Parkash, convener of Shiv Sena (Sher-e-Punjab) said, “Pakistani-hand had been proved in Dinanagar and Pathankot attacks; Kirpal Singh was “killed” in a Pak jail. Such exhibitions and shows of traders from Pakistan can’t be tolerated.”

The Shiv Sainiks were reportedly detained by the police at some places.Police commissioner Amar Singh Chahal said the police had not detained anyone. “We only stopped the Shiv Sena activists from going near the expo venue,” he said.

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