On Friday, there was a ruckus in Patiala when the procession was taken out. The two factions came face to face. During this, stones pelted heavily from both sides.
There was a ruckus in Patiala when the march was taken out on Friday. Shiv Sainiks and pro-Khalistani Sikh organizations clashed near the historic Shri Kali Mata Temple. During this, stones pelted heavily from both sides. The police opened fire to stop both the sides. At the same time, a policeman was injured due to a sword. At the same time, CM Bhagwant Mann has expressed concern over the entire incident and has instructed the police to restore peace. Patiala SSP Nanak Singh said that the police have taken appropriate action in the matter. Both the groups were earlier informed that they were not allowed to take out the procession. He asked for permission but was refused. The atmosphere became tense due to some rumours. Four people have been injured and the investigation is on.
Preparations were being made to burn an effigy of Khalistan as per the schedule set by Shiv Sena on Friday at Arya Samaj Chowk in Patiala. Meanwhile, the atmosphere became tense at that time. When this was detected, Khalistani supporters reached the spot and started protesting. During this both the sides came face to face.
However, the heavy police force present on the spot pacified both the parties after persuading them. But despite this, Khalistani supporters reached inside the Shri Kali Mata temple with swords. During this, there was a lot of brick and stone between Hindu leaders and Khalistani supporters. A Hindu leader was also attacked with a sharp weapon.
While stopping the hot thoughts, SHO Karanvir Singh also got a sword on his hand. SSP Dr. Nanak Singh also fired several rounds during this period to control the situation. It is worth noting that some web channels are running the news of SHO’s hand being chopped off. Which DC Sakshi Sahni has termed as baseless. The DSP said that police have been deployed on the spot. We are talking to Shiv Sena chief Harish Singla as he does not have permission to march.
The incident of clash in Patiala is very unfortunate. I have spoken to the DGP. Peace has been restored in the area. We are closely monitoring the situation and will not allow anyone to create disturbance in the state. The peace and harmony of Punjab is of utmost importance. – Bhagwant Mann, Chief Minister, Punjab