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Phagwara clashes: Mob internet, SMS services suspended in 4 Punjab districts

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh/Phagwara 

and services were suspended today in four districts of following clashes between two groups in Phagwara, in which four persons were injured, officials said.

The groups clashed last night over the installation of a board and renaming of a "chowk" (intersection), police said.

The government has suspended the services in Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and districts with immediate effect for 24 hours in the wake of the clashes, an order issued by Secretary, Home Affairs, Punjab, said.

"There is a likelihood of tension, annoyance, obstruction, injury to persons, danger to human life and property, disturbance of public peace and tranquillity in by miscreants, anti-national and anti social elements in view of the rapidly deteriorating law and order situation in Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and after the clash," it said.

"The order of suspension of services (2G/3G/4G/CDMA), all services and all provided on mobile networks, except voice calls... shall be in force for next 24 hours with immediate effect," the order said.

Several vehicles were damaged during the clashes as members of both the groups pelted stones at each other, police said.

The incident took place when members of a group allegedly installed a board carrying a picture of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar at Gol Chowk here on National Highway-1. They also tried to rename it Savidhan Chowk, they said.

However, members of another group objected to it and that led to a clash between both the groups, police said.

Jimmy, the son of Inderjit Karwal, vice Bal Thackeray, were among those who were injured. Punjab vice was also allegedly thrashed by members of the opposite group, they said.

Some shots were also fired during the clash, police said.

Tension prevailed in the city following yesterday's clash as several shops and commercial establishments remained closed and around 700 security men took out a flag march this morning to instill confidence in the public.

Kapurthala Deputy (DC) and Senior of Police were in the march.

The DC and the SSP also visited and to meet the activists of both the groups.

Members of one group demanded transfer of the of police.

Meanwhile, member and Punjab BJP's cancelled his visit in view of the tension prevailing there.

Municipal Corporation had yesterday invited all party workers to the corporation hall today for a meeting.

The meeting was to be addressed by Malik during his maiden visit to after his elevation to the post of party's presidentship.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 18:40 IST