Phagwara remained tense on Sunday, two days after violent clashes that erupted over renaming of a chowk between right Hindu groups and Dalits left six people wounded.
Reinforcements sent to Phagwara—1,700 additional policemen, including the Rapid Action Force and riot police—continue to be stationed at Phagwara.
Police booked 300 people in three different cases over Friday’s violent clashes on Saturday in a damage control measure. Of the 300, 33 people have been named in the police’s FIR, including Lok Insaf Party Leader Jarnail Nangal and his son, Dalit Leader Harbhghan Suman, Shiv Sena’s Punjab vice-president Inderjit Karwal.
Suspects have been booked sections 307 (attempt to murder); 295-A (hurting of religious sentiments); 392(robbery); and 353 (assault), as well as Arms Act and the National Highways Act.
Inspector General of Police Naunihal Singh and Commissioner Jalandhar Division Raj Kamal Chaudhary held meetings with Deputy Commissioner Kapurthala Mohammad Tayab and Senior Superintendent of the Police Kapurthala Sandeep Sharma to restore normality.
Clashes erupted when some Hindu leaders objected to installing a flex board bearing a photo of Dr BR Ambedkar and renaming ‘Goal Chowk’ as ‘Sambhidhan Chowk’ on Friday night.
Punjab Shiv Sena vice-president, Rajesh Palta, was allegedly attacked by a group of unidentified people near Balmiki Chowk a day after the clash on Saturday morning.