A youth was killed and another person injured when police allegedly fired to disperse a group of persons assembled near Ramgarhia gurdwara on Tibri road in Gurdaspur this morning. Curfew was later clamped in the town in view of the tension.
The deceased was identified as Jaspal Singh (18) of Sidhwan Jamita village near Gurdaspur while the injured was Ranjit Singh of Pandher near here. He had been referred to Amritsar hospital.
Around 200 persons had gathered near the gurdwara at around 11am while another group had assembled near Hanuman Chowk, 300 yards from the gurdwara. In order to prevent a clash, police went near the gurdwara and tried to disperse the group stationed there by bursting tear gas shells and firing in the air.
In the ensuing melee, one person was killed in firing, allegedly by new recruits.Senior police officers were in the town to monitor the situation.
Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal ordered an enquiry by local SDM. The curfew would be reviewed in the later part of Friday, an official said.
"Curfew has been imposed in Gurdaspur city after tension mounted between some Shiv Sena activists and other youths, including Sikhs," Gurdaspur deputy commissioner Mohinder Singh Kainth told PTI over phone.
Kainth said that the situation was "under control".
In order to disperse the two groups, police allegedly opened fire in which one person died and another was injured, sources said. However, Kainth said that police resorted to firing to disperse the two groups in which one person was injured. "We are verifying the facts whether the person was injured during the firing," he said.