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Punjab Bandh call evokes no response in city

The Punjab bandh call given by various Sikh organisations against the decision of the Akal Takht for exoneration of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim remained ineffective in the city as the call evoked no response.

punjab Updated: Sep 30, 2015 23:31 IST
HT Correspondent
Ludhiana
The Punjab bandh call given by various Sikh organisations against the decision of the Akal Takht for exoneration of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim.(JS Grewal/HT)

Ludhiana: The Punjab bandh call given by various Sikh organisations against the decision of the Akal Takht for exoneration of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim remained ineffective in the city as the call evoked no response.

Taking the matter seriously, the police have held tight security arrangements all over the city. A heavy police force was deployed at various points of the city to handle the situation.

Police commissioner Paramraj Singh Umranangal and deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Dr Narinder Bhargava also remained on roads and checked all security arrangements. Under the high security cover of police and effective patrolling in the city, all the markets and malls remained opened in the city and no protest, demonstration and violence was reported in the city. The common life remained on track.

Some members of radical groups tried to enter the city from the Jalandhar bypass area. The Salem Tabri police that have held a checkpoint near the vegetable market have stopped them. The radicals have tried to flee from the checkpoint. The police chased and nabbed some of them, while others fled. The police have released them in the evening after detaining them.

Police commissioner informed that around 3,200 cops, including anti-riot police, reserved forces, quick response teams were deployed in the city for preventative measures and everything was under control during the Punjab bandh call. Four companies from Indian Reserve Battalion and commandos were also pressed in to maintain law and order situation in the city.

From Tuesday, the police have chalked out strategy to maintain law and order situation in the city and hold several rounds of meeting with shopkeepers. The flag march was carried out at six different parts of the city and ADCP rank officials were supervising the patrolling in their respective areas.

DCP Bhargav said they have left no stone unturned to maintain law and order situation in the city so that shopkeepers and residents should feel secure in their own city.