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Punjab Burns Over Vienna Shootout

Jan 6, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada
source: Punjab burns over Vienna shootout, 2 dead - India - The Times of India


Punjab burns over Vienna shootout, 2 dead

25 May 2009, 1410 hrs IST, PTI

JALANDHAR/CHANDIGARH: Two persons were killed and several injured as violence triggered by the killing of a Dera leader engulfed Punjab and parts of Haryana where protesters set afire of Haryana where protesters set afire train coaches, buses and clashed with
police prompting authorities
to impose curfew in four cities and
calling out the army in Jalandhar.

Curfew was imposed in Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Phagwara and Hoshiarpur following largescale violence and damage to government and private property, including cars parked in police stations.

One person was killed and four others were injured as Army personnel opened fire in Lambra village, 30 kms from Jalandhar, and another person was killed after the police opened fire on protesters at Jalandhar Cantt railway station.

Shops and commercial establishments were closed following a Punjab bandh call given by local units of the Dera Sachkhand Ballan whose leaders were attacked in Vienna. The Shiromani Akali Dal also gave a bandh call.

Road and railway traffic was disrupted at several places in the state even as protesters damaged trains, buses and other vehicles at various places including Jalandhar, Phagwara, Hoshiarpur, Nawanshahar, Banga, Ludhiana and Moga.

The Delhi-Lahore bus service was stopped at Ludhiana as a precautionary measure.

Protesters also blocked the Ambala-Delhi National Highway for three hours and damaged buses in Ambala.

Condemning the killing of the Dera leader, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal appealed for calm and asked people not to be provoked.

In Lambra, protesters attacked the convoy of IG (zonal) Sanjeev Kalra and set afire the vehicle of SP (city-II) Sarabjeet Singh in the village. Security men guarding Kalra opened 20 rounds of fire, police said.

In Jalandhar, four bogies of the Jammu Kanyakumari Himsagar Express were set on fire after the passengers were asked to alight by the arsonists.

The protesters set afire the engine of the Sonepur Jammu 2491 Up Express in Phagwara after forcing the driver Anant Singh to come out by placing a sword on his temple. The engine was detached from the train in time to prevent the fire from spreading to the coaches.

A Phagwara report said a mob pelted stones at BSF personnel at a number of places after the force was deployed to check violence.
Traffic on various roads, including the Delhi-Ambala, Jalandhar-Jammu and Jalandhar-Chandigarh National Highways besides various state highways has been badly affected.

Around 20 buses and other vehicles, including motorcycles, were damaged at various places including Patiala, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, and Phagwara in Punjab and Ambala in Haryana.

On the Jalandhar-Delhi national highway, protesters armed with lathis and swords damaged the engine of a train bound for Jammu besides attacking shops.


PM appeals for peace in Punjab


First Published : 25 May 2009 - 02:43 PM

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday appealed to the people of Punjab to maintain peace and harmony after violence broke out in the state following the death of a Sikh religious leader in a clash in Vienna. "I am deeply distressed by the outbreak of violence in Punjab following certain incidents in Vienna, Austria. Whatever the provocation, it is important to maintain peace and harmony among different sections of the people," the prime minister said.

"I appeal to all sections of the people in Punjab to abjure violence and maintain peace. In areas where curfew has been imposed, it is necessary that people should go back to their homes and allow the forces to restore law and order," he added.

Manmohan Singh said Sikhism was about tolerance and harmony and that all the "revered gurus of Sikhism preached the values of equality, brotherhood and harmony". "Invoking the teachings of the gurus, I sincerely appeal to the people of Punjab to heed this message and help the authorities restore peace and order," the prime minister said
Jan 6, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Re: Punjab burns over Vienna shootout ......

source: news.outlookindia.com | Violence in Punjab, Haryana After Vienna Clash
Violence in Punjab, Haryana After Vienna Clash

One person was today killed and several injured as largescale violence hit Punjab and parts of Haryana following the killing of a Jalandhar - based sect leader in Vienna, prompting authorities to impose curfew in four cities and call out the army in three of them.

Nearly 1,000 personnel of the army were deployed in worst-affected Jalandhar, Phagwara and Hoshiarpur where curfew was imposed by the authorities in addition to Ludhiana to check the arson which resulted in largescale damage to public and private property, including parked buses, police said.

One person was killed and four others were injured as army personnel opened fire at Lambra village, 30 km from Jalandhar city to quell the protestors, they said. Another person was seriously injured when police opened fire on arsonists at Jalandhar cantonment railway station. Earlier, the number of person killed had been put at two.

Police also opened fire in Phillaur, 50 kms from Jalandhar, to disperse a mob that attacked their contingent. Over 30 people, including about 18 policemen, were injured in the brickbatting by the protestors at several places of the state.

Describing the violence as a "sudden phenomenon", Punjab DGP K K Attri said it took time for the authorities to gear up the system to contain the violence by the followers head of Dera Sacha Khand, Sant Ram Nand, who died in Vienna after being shot at in an assault by members of a rival group.

In an appeal for calm, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he had been deeply distressed by the outbreak of violence in Punjab. "Whatever the provocation, it is important to maintaining peace and harmony among different sections of the people," he said.

Home Minister P Chidambaram termed the situation in Punjab as "not quite normal" and asked the state government to enforce curfew strictly in the affected areas. The Centre has also responded to the state's request for additional companies of para-military forces by sending 2,500 personnel and a helicopter, he told reporters here.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, while appealing for calm, asked people not to get provoked by elements spreading unrest.

Four bogies of Jammu-Kanyakumari express were set on fire at Jalandhar by the protesters after asking passengers to alight from the train, officials said here, adding that an engine and four bogies of a train were also damaged in Phagwara by the arsonists, who claimed to be followers of Guru Ravi Dass.

Besides Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Pharwara and Ludhiana, reports of violent protests were received from various places including Bathinda, Amritsar, Moga, Banga and Nawanshar in Punjab and at Ambala and Tohana in Haryana.

Protestors blocked the Chandigarh Hisar road at Kainchi Chowk at Tohana in Hisar district for an hour. The blockade was lifted after they submitted a memorandum to the sub- divisional magistrate seeking the arrest of the killers of the sect's chief.

Even as the authorities claimed that the situation was "under control", curfew was clamped in Jalandhar, Phagwara, Hoshiarpur and Ludhiana.

The DGP said at total of 13 columns (with each column having about 75 men) were deployed--7 in Jalandhar, 4 in Phagwara and 2 in Hoshiarpur.

The rail and road traffic in the state remained badly affected in the wake of largescale widespread violence and the protesters, mostly dalits, set on fire the engine of Sonepur- Jammu Express in Phagwara despite curfew being imposed, officials said.

At some places in Phagwara, the protesters ransacked public and private property and also blocked the national highway and damaged about a dozen vehicles.

The railway authorities suspended several trains bound for Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir as a precautionary measure.

The Delhi-Lahore Samjhauta Express was halted at Ludhiana following the violence and later diverted via Moga.

As the violence broke out in Jalandhar, contingents of the BSF was summoned at nearby Phagwara to control the situation, officials said here.

The curfew in Jalandhar district has been extended for an indefinite period, Deputy Commissioner A S Pannu said. Unit from the Army have been put on strategic points in the city and its neighbouring areas, he said.

Protesters defying the curfew came out at several places, including Butan Mandi, Nakodar Chowk and Workshop Chowk, all in Jalandhar, police said, adding that a police post was also burnt by the agitators.

In Ambala, a bus was partly burnt and window panes of three buses were smashed. The protesters also blocked the Ambala-Jagadhari road.



Apr 3, 2005
Re: Punjab burns over Vienna shootout ......

Though incident is sad but I don't understand what these Dera supporters want's to show.They are destroying public property worth Rs. millions.What will they get from it.Proper cause of conflict is still unknown.They are only bringing shame to their cult by doing this
May 24, 2008
Re: Punjab burns over Vienna shootout ......

Maybe the Dera got ignored in recent elections by political parties hence this SHOW OF STRENGTH . On a serious note IMHO , the Dera head was killed due to personal enmity or as a part of larger conspiracy . Which partly explains this very well organised vandalism , hints of a political involvement here . Dera itself is not known to have large support outside Jalandhar . But Badals did a sloppy job of letting situation get out of hand . Most of the boys were drunk & openly threatening to close bazzars for at least one week .


Jun 12, 2006
Re: Punjab burns over Vienna shootout ......

We cannot ignore caste based feuding here. If anyone ever had a doubt over why we should attack caste rigourously, this should clear it up.

Those idots that pushed caste are half responsible for pushing people away into their own little sects/deras.
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