Punjab CM appeals to maintain peace, law and order in wake of communal clashes in Phagwara

April 15, 2018 09:54 PM

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony in the wake of a violent clash between two communities in Phagwara, while warning of stringent action against anyone found disturbing the law and order in the state.

The Chief Minister, who is personally monitoring the situation following the incident, has ordered suspension of mobile internet services in Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and SBS Nagar districts as a precautionary measure, to check rumour mongering on the social media.

Captain Amarinder has also directed the state police to maintain a tight vigil and crack down on any disruptive elements to ensure that the situation does not escalate further. He has asked the police to thoroughly investigate the incident, which took between some Dalit workers and so-called Hindu organisations.

The Chief Minister announced that the state government would bear the entire expenses for the medical treatment of all those injured in the clashes, whether admitted to government or private hospitals. He directed the Ludhiana district administration to ensure the best treatment for Yashwant Kumar Bobby, reported to be seriously injured in the clash and undergoing treatment at DMC Ludhiana.

Urging the people to exercise restraint, the Chief Minister sought their cooperation to maintain peace and communal harmony, and thwart the nefarious designs of anti-national and anti-social elements.

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