To mark their protest on deteriorating law and order in the city, shopkeepers on Monday kept their businesses closed, held a protest march and raised slogans against the failure of district police. People were annoyed over the Saturday's shootout in which Manoj Kumar Chopra, a financer-cum-property dealer, was killed over a rivalry.
Eleven persons, including two unidentified persons, were booked by the district police but all the culprits were still at large. The protest march, led by leaders of different hindu organisations, passed through the main bazaars of the city and ended up the district administrative complex where the leaders submitted memorandum to superintendent of police (Headquarters) Kulwant Singh demanding early arrest of the accused.
"The police have limited it to cutting challans of vehicles only while the miscreants and goons are openly moving in the city carrying arms in their hands. The law and order condition is worsening day by day. We demand early arrest of the accused and tightening of security in the city, especially in nights," state president of Bajrang Dal said.
"After the incident, the police was supposed to tighten the security but no policeman was seen on duty in city on Sunday. It was the height of casual approach towards the people's security," said Rajesh Kumar, another leader.
The bazaar remained closed till the evening and some schools had also declared holiday due to proposed call of strike.
Banks and other government institutes, however, worked like routine throughout the day.
Meanwhile, SSP Kapurthala Inderbir Singh said, "Police is working on different theories. We have got some important leads after investigations and are very close to arrest the persons responsible for the murder."