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Valmiki protest stirs tension in Fazilka


Valmiki protest stirs tension in Fazilka

Our Correspondent

Fazilka, September 7

Tension gripped the border town today when a trader was injured in stone-pelting by protesters during the bandh called by the Valmiki community against the alleged objectionable content of TV serial “Ram Siya Ke Luv Kush”. The shopkeepers went on strike after the assault on the trader.

Sources said a few shopkeepers kept their shops closed in response to the bandh call in the morning. When the protesters found Prem Madan’s grocery shop open at Mehrian Bazaar, they allegedly insisted that he closed it. When Madan refused, they allegedly started throwing the grocery on the road.

Soon, a large number of traders, led by their president Ashok Gulbadhar, reached the spot and decided to meet Fazilka DC and SSP to lodge a complaint against the protesters. While they were on the way to the District Administrative Complex (DAC), the protesters, who were coming from the opposite direction, started pelting them with stones and bricks. Another grocery shop owner Sunil Parnami suffered a head injury.

Ashok said Parnami was rushed to the local Civil Hospital where he received six stitches. He alleged that the protesters assaulted the traders in the presence of City SHO and other officials.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Manpreet Singh and SSP Bhupinder Singh invited the traders to put forth their viewpoint. The traders demanded that an FIR be registered against the assailants and action taken against the police officials present at the time of incident.

The Beopar Mandal activists held an emergency meeting at the local Aroravansh Bhawan at 6 pm and decided to grant three days’ time to the administration to take action against the assailants. The members unanimously resolved that if their demands were not accepted, they would go on indefinite strike from September 11.

Fazilka SDM Subhash Khatak, who later on joined in the meeting, assured the traders that an FIR was being registered. He appealed to the traders to maintain harmony in the town.

It was stated that some persons had submitted an application to the authorities accusing the traders of racial slur.

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