Tension prevails in Punjab’s Patiala after police fired into the air while trying to prevent a clash between members of Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) led by Harish Singla, who had called a march against pro-Khalistani elements. The clash broke out between two groups near Kali Devi temple in Patiala Punjab. Police personnel deployed to the scene to maintain public order had to open fire and use tear gas shells.
The clash came after two groups clashed face to face during a protest march against the banned terrorist organization Khalistan. Police officers are working on the spot to ensure law and order.
“Seeing the problem of law and order here, the police were deployed. We are talking to the leader of Shiv Sena (one of the two groups) Harish Singla, because they do not have any permission to march,” said Patiala DSP.
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has tweeted and described the Patiala incident as unfortunate. He has told that he has spoken to the Director-General of Police of the state and peace has been restored in the area, he has written on Twitter – We are closely monitoring the situation and will not allow anyone to create disturbance in the state. Peace and harmony is the most important thing in Punjab.
But the opposition parties have held the Aam Aadmi Party government responsible for the Patiala incident. BJP spokesperson Shahzad Poonawalla has tweeted that will Kejriwal hold the Center responsible for what happened in Patiala? He has written – Complete anarchy in the border state. The worst kind of appeasement is visible in the state. Anarchists are roaming freely. The AAP government is using the state police to quell personal enmity, while they should ensure a law and order situation in the state.
Congress leader Jaiveer Shergill has also expressed concern over the law and order situation in Patiala and blamed the Aam Aadmi Party government for it. He has written that instead of making Arvind Kejriwal happy, the CM of Punjab should focus on running Punjab in a better way.
Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has also expressed concern over the clash between the two factions in Patiala. He has written on Twitter – People of Patiala are peace-loving and I appeal to them not to get provoked. He expressed hope that Punjab Police will take strict action in this matter and ensure that the law and order situation is maintained.
Aam Aadmi Party’s Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha has informed that many people have been arrested in connection with the violence in Patiala.
In a conversation with news agency ANI, he said that the Punjab Government and the Punjab Police will take strict action against those involved in this violence. In Patiala, there was a clash between the supporters of a Sikh organization and the workers of Shiv Sena.
AAP’s Rajya Sabha MP from Punjab Raghav Chadha said that the masterminds of these political parties will not be spared. He said- Anti-social elements of these two parties committed violence and tried to spoil the atmosphere of Punjab.
Anyone who tries to disturb the peace of Punjab will not be spared. The police had immediately restored the law and order situation there. Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had also called the Patiala violence unfortunate. But Congress and BJP have raised questions about the government of the Aam Aadmi Party.
Members of some Sikh organizations and Shivsena (Thackeray Ball) clashed during a rally when several people in the crowd raised slogans. Shivsen (Bal Thackeray) workers chanted the slogan Khalistan Murdabad”.
After that, some members of Sikh organizations took to the streets with swords. The situation became tense as both groups began throwing stones.
Several videos of the incident have appeared on social media, in which some people brandish swords and shout slogans. Some even quarrelled with the police when the situation worsened. Watch some of these videos here:
Currently, the Deputy Commissioner has convened a meeting of the leaders of both organizations to restore the unit. Together with the IG, the DC appealed to the residents of Patiala to cooperate with the administration in maintaining peace.