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Bhadaur still tense, markets yet to reopen
Tribune News Service

Bhadaur (Barnala), October 13
In the wake of the burial of Ruban Masih (35), who had died on Wednesday night after a clash between the police and local residents over the demarcation of the land, of a gurdwara, the situation in the town remained tense today. Markets also remained closed for the third consecutive day.

Rubanís post mortem was got conducted by the Barnala police yesterday as that of an unidentified body. However, after the appearance of a news item in The Tribune today regarding the post mortem of an unidentified body, Ms Violet Sidhu, a sister-in-law (wifeís sister) of the deceased and a Staff Nurse at Sangrur Civil Hospital, rushed to Barnala and identified the body after seeing the photograph as that of Ruban Masih.

Meanwhile, Rajinder Singh, a local scooter mechanic, and Harbans Singh, an employee of a liquor vend, were among the five seriously injured residents of Bhadaur village, who were brought from the CIA Staff, Handhiya, by an SAD leader, Bhola Singh Virk, here last night.

Ms Raj Rani, mother of Manwar Masih (16), said her son had been missing since the day of the clash. She alleged that the police committed excesses and did not spare even those who were sitting in their houses.

Meanwhile, the Barnala police today converted Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC into Section 302 (murder) of the IPC against 30 persons, including Balbir Singh Ghunas, MLA from Bhadaur, and Ajay Kumar, after the death of Ruban Masih.

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