Following the incidents of Sikh protests and situation of law and order in the city, Anil Chopra, chairman of CBSE schools association declared the closure of CBSE schools in the city till October 25.
“We are concerned over the security of the students. We do not want any student to suffer, that is why we took the decision to close the schools”, said Anil Chopra.
As the protests at several places including National Highways continued, the entire district remained choked at its entrance points including PAP Chowk on Jalandhar- Delhi Highway, Rama Mandi Chowk, Cantonment, Maqsudan Chowk, BSF Chowk, Kapurthala road, Pathankot Bypass, Jandusingha, Adampur, Apran in Phillaur, Goraya, Mallian in Nakodar-Kapurthala road, Kartarpur-Kapurthala road and several other places.
The protesters sat on the roads and sang hymns and organized langar (community kitchen). The commuters had tough day to enter into the city. The buses remained stuck on the roads and buses entered the city via villages and adjoining roads as National-Highway was blocked by protesters.
The district police remained on toes as they remained asking them to lift the protest but to no avail.
It was the second time in last four days that the protest disrupted Sada-e-Sarhad international bus between Lahore and Delhi at PAP Chowk. The bus had to take a detour from Hoshiarpur and other areas. There were long queues of vehicles on the Jalandhar-Delhi highway with protesters remaining there for many hours.
Chanting pro-Khalistan and anti-Punjab government slogans, the protesters with swords, demanded strict action against the persons who are responsible for the desecration of sacred ‘bir’.
Vivek Sharma, who daily travels in the bus from Jalandhar to Phagwara, told that it is really shameful that repeatedly shutdowns are happening in the city due to which transport services are getting paralyzed.