Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 7
The police averted a clash between two groups at the Bhandari bridge here today. Members of Shiv Sena and Sirlath Khalsa had arguments on social networking sites over the burning of an effigy of a Sikh militant leader near Beri Gate yesterday.
Members of Sirlath Khalsa assembled at the Bhandari bridge at around 3 pm, claiming they had been called by Shiv Sena members. Meanwhile, the police reached the spot and brought the situation under control. Paramjit Singh, an office-bearer of Sirlath Khalsa, said, “Shiv Sena provoked us by burning an effigy of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale. The police allowed them to do so. Three Sikhs were detained for trying to stop Shiv Sena activists. Members of Shiv Sena, led by Sudhir Suri, damaged motorcycles of Sikh activists.”
Sirlath Khalsa activists said Suri called them at the bridge, but he didn’t turn up. They submitted a memorandum to the police demanding action against Shiv Sena.
After Sirlath Khalsa activists left, Sudhir Suri reached the Bhandari bridge and demanded action against the former. “They are disturbing the peace of the state by displaying posters of terrorists. They are creating a terror among the people in the city. They attacked Shiv Sena activists with swords when they were burning an effigy of terrorism. The police did not take appropriate action against the accused,” he said.
Both groups accused each other of trying to disturb the peace in the state.
The situation was under control with the intervention of the police.
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