For the second day in a row, Malerkotla remained tense on Thursday after protests erupted over remains of two cows recovered from a sewer on Wednesday.
Apart from Malerkotla, the other parts of Sangrur district including Lehragaga, Dhuri, Sherpur and Amargarh also witnessed a shutdown as shops, schools and colleges remained closed.
Hundreds of police personnel were deployed in and around Malerkotla and entry points to the town were sealed to restrict outsiders.
Several Hindu organisations blocked the Ludhiana-Jakhal railway line since morning. However, agitators called off the protest and the railway track was cleared around 8 pm.
Amritsar-Dadar train halted at Dhuri railway station for over three hours, while several other trains were diverted from Ludhiana.
As a precautionary measure, goods trains were stopped at Dhuri and Mandi Ahemadgarh.
In Dhuri, protestors blocked the Ludhiana-Dhuri road for two hours. Sangrur and Sunam areas also witnessed protests.
Sangrur deputy commissioner Gurluvleen Singh Sidhu assured that the situation was under control and talks were being held with representatives of Hindu organisations to end their protests.
The DC, who was camping in Malerkotla along with senior superintendent of police Mandeep Singh Sidhu since Thursday morning, said that investigations were on to trace the unidentified accused.
A case was registered against unidentified persons under the Cow Slaughter Act on Wednesday, but agitators are demanding that arrests be made.
The SSP said security was beefed up across the district to avert untoward incidents.
Hindu organisations have called for bandh in Sangrur city on Friday.