Violence spreads to more parts of Haryana; curfew clamped in Malout

Violence spreads to more parts of Haryana; curfew clamped in Malout
PTI
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First Published: Tue, May 26 2009. 02 53 PM IST
Updated: Tue, May 26 2009. 02 53 PM IST
Chandigarh / Malout: Violence over the killing of a sect leader in Vienna spilled over to more parts of Haryana on Tuesday with protestors going on a rampage, damaging vehicles and clashing with police.
Protestors clashed with police near Parade ground on Ambala-Jagadhri road and damaged a Municipal Committee a building in Jagadhri,police said.
A complete bandh was observed in Jagadhri while Yamunanagar observed a partial bandh on Tuesday.
Haryana’s additional director general of police (Law and Order) V N Rai told PTI that barring “stray incidents in Jagadhri, the rest of the state was peaceful”.
Curfew was imposed in Malout in Muktsar district of Punjab as the followers of Dera Sachkhand on Tuesday clashed with police and damaged vehicles here.
Police had given permission to a 21-member committee of Guru Ravi Dass Nagar for holding a prayer meeting for slain sect leader Rama Nand on the condition that they will maintain peace, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Muktsar, Gurpreet Singh Gill told PTI.
But as soon as the meeting ended, about 400-500 supporters of the Dera started pelting stones at the police deployed outside the Ravi Dass Bhawan in Malout.
Police first used canes but the situation failed to come under control and the activists damaged three official vehicles, including that of the ADC.
To quell the protestors, police opened fire in the air to disperse the crowd in which one persons who was throwing stones from the roof top received a bullet injury, police said.
In Jagadhri town in Yamunanagar district,police had to fire eight rounds in the air to disperse a violent group of protestors. Here protestors also damaged a Government Senior Secondary School building besides eight cars belonging to the school staff and some motorcycles.
The school students, who were inside the building, were taken to safety by school authorities.
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First Published: Tue, May 26 2009. 02 53 PM IST
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