Partial bandh in Amritsar; AISSF chief among 60 detained, released later

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Nov 01, 2014 23:12 IST

The holy city witnessed a partial bandh while the police rounded up some activists of the All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF), led by Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad, who had given a call for call to protest against the alleged delay in justice to 1984 riots victims.

A heavy police force, that had been deployed since 4:00 am, picked up the activists of the AISSF and other panthic organisations, as soon as they sat on the rail tracks to block the rail traffic.

This ensured that the trains leaving from Amritsar were not disrupted or delayed. However, the arrival of some trains was delayed due to blockade reported near Ludhiana.

However, majority of the bazaars in Amritsar remained closed as the day started. But, around afternoon, 30% shops were found open.

Meanwhile, a majority of the educational institutes remained closed and also many of the roads, that regularly see traffic jams, were seen deserted.

The police rounded up nearly 60 people, including AISSF chief Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad, Amarbir Singh Dhot and riots victim Jagish Kaur.

They all were rounded up early in the morning and kept in police stations throughout the day. Attempts were also made by the protesters to ensure forcible closure of the shops in some areas, but the police foiled their attempts.

Police commissioner Jatinder Aulakh said, "We have chalked out a strategy and decided that only peaceful protests will be allowed to be held and nobody will be allowed to block rail traffic or close down shops. About 60 persons were detained in the morning and released in the evening."

If majority of shops were closed in Amritsar, it was just because that many people chose to close them themselves, the commissioner claimed.


Criticising the government for detaining activists, AISSF president Peer Mohammad said that it was wrong on the part of the police to detain them, as they were protesting for a genuine cause.

Meanwhile, Peer Mohammad thanked the people for supporting the bandh and said that the federation will continue its struggle till the riots victims get justice.

He also demanded that the Modi Government must ensure justice to families of victims.

Riots victim Jagdish Kaur also criticised the state government for the action of the police against the protesters.

She said that the protesters were unhappy with the attitude of the government.

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