Paramilitary forces deployed in Amritsar; city limps back to normalcy

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Oct 20, 2015 17:18 IST
Border Security Force (BSF ) jawans and Punjab Police performing the flag march in Amritsar on Tuesday. Unrest has gripped parts of Punjab as protests continued. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

A day after the shutdown, paramilitary troops were deployed in an around the Holy City and and in Tarn Taran to calm the situation.

As series of protests and blockades had made the situation tense, three companies of the Border Security Force (BSF) were rushed to Amritsar to ensure that situation does not go out of hands.

The troops were deployed on main roundabouts and around the religious places, railway station and all the leading bazaars.

The BSF was seen in areas around Golden Temple and also the Lawrence Road to give people a sense of security especially after Monday’s Bandh.

It is learnt that the Union government itself decided to send the paramilitary troops to Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Tarn Taran to avert the situation from getting worse.

Talking to HT, Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Aulakh said: “We have received three companies of the Paramilitary who have been deployed at all the sensitive locations in and around the city. Apart from the main bazaars, a close eye is being kept on the entry and exit points.”

Appealing the people to have faith, the police commissioner said, “Police was totally committed towards safeguarding the interest of people and no violence will be allowed at any cost.”

It is learnt that due to the ongoing festive season, the police did not want to take any risk.

City limps back to normalcy, blockades continue

A day after the complete shutdown, the city limped back to normalcy as all important bazaars, educational institutions and petrol pumps were opened.

The city roads that remained deserted on Monday saw people coming out in good number.

However, the roads leading out of Amritsar remained totally blocked. The biggest blockade was seen on the National Highway-1 as over 200 protesters continued with the dharna near Daburji.

Similarly, dharnas were seen on the Beas Bridge, Kot Mit Singh road and the Chogawan road completely halting the traffic movement from going out of Amritsar.

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