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Amritsar bandh evokes mixed response
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 23
The two-hour bandh call given by the Akal Purkh ki Fauj and other Sikh organisations in protest against the attack on the train carrying “birs” of Guru Granth Sahib evoked a mixed response here today.

Mr Jaswinder Singh, SGPC member and chief of the Akal Purkh ki Fauj and Bhai Ram Singh, general secretary, SAD (Amritsar), however, claimed that the bandh was complete.

Situation here remained tense but under control throughout the day. Heavy police bandobast was made in different parts of the city as a precautionary measure. No untoward incident was reported.

While Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, SGPC President, expressed anguish over the attack on the train near Kolkata yesterday, the SAD (Amritsar) presented a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Narinderjit Singh, in this regard.

Bhai Ram Singh sought a high-level probe into the incident, saying that if the government failed to book the culprits, it would alienate the minority communities. The All-India Sikh Students Federation also expressed concern over the incident.

JALANDHAR: A delegation of various Singh Sabhas handed over a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner here on Saturday in connection with the burning of the train.

A group of leaders, including Mr Tarlochan Singh, president of the city- based Singh Sabhas and Dr Mandip Singh Sethi, president of the Model Town Gurdwara, urged the Centre to take action against the miscreants who tried to desecrate the “birs” after being prevented from smoking at Uttarpara station near Kolkata.

JAMMU: Several Sikh organisations here have demanded a high-level probe into the incident.

The organisations held a meeting here on Saturday which was presided over by Mr S.S. Wazir, president of the State Gurdwara Prabandhak Board. Leaders belonging to the state Akali Dal, AISSF and other units also attended the meeting.

A resolution was adopted which condemned the attack. It appealed people of various faiths to remain united.

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