Patiala: The district administration in Punjab’s Patiala has imposed an 11-hour curfew on Friday after two groups of people clashed over an ‘anti-Khalistan march’ near Kali Mata temple in the city.
The curfew has been imposed from 7 pm on Friday to 6 am on Saturday, citing “incidents of breach of peace and disputes between certain different groups in the district, which can result in further disturbance of peace and maintenance of law and order in the state”.
The clash took place when members of an outfit that calls itself ‘Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray)’ began a “Khalistan Murdabad March”, while some Sikh activists, including Nihangs, took out another march against the Sena event. The two groups came face to face near the Kali Mata temple. The clash broke out between them as they hurled stones at each other.
Four people were injured in the clashes before Police fired in the air to bring the situation under control. “Police took suitable action, both the groups were intimated earlier that they are not allowed to take out a procession. They sought permission but were refused. Due to some rumours, the atmosphere became tense. Four people were injured and an investigation is underway,” said Nanak Singh, SSP, Patiala.