Nine people were arrested by the Amritsar city police on Thursday in an effort to avert a clash between Sher-e-Punjab Shiv Sena led by Sagar Gautam and activists of Damdami Taksal led by Amrik Singh Ajnala.
Divulging details, additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP-City 1) Parampal Singh said police arrested seven members of the Damdami Taksal, including Amrik Singh Ajnala and six others, and Sagar Gautam of Sher-e-Punjab Shiv Sena, besides another activist of Shiv Sena, while six more activists of the Shiv Sena were absconding.
“Had the police not intervened in a timely manner, the clash would have turned into a major law and order problem. Efforts are being made to arrest the absconders,” said the ADCP. He added that the activists of both the groups were arrested as a part of the preventive action taken by police to thwart the clash between the two groups.
He said the two groups were all set to confront each other at Hathi Gate on Thursday morning.
“Police rushed the spot after receiving information that the Sagar group was planning to burn an effigy of former head of Damdami Taksal Jarnail Singh Bhinderanwale at Hathi Gate, while Amrik’s group had reached there to confront them,” said the ADC.
“We tried to negotiate with both the groups. The arrests were made as a part of the preventive action to foil the clash,” he said.