The Punjab government on Saturday suspended internet and sms services in four Punjab districts including Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar after clashes erupted in Phagwara town.
The clash between two groups comprising Dalits and non-Dalits (Shiv Sena) took place on Friday night after a group by installing a sign board tried to rename a prominent chowk as Sanvidhan Chowk.
Tension prevailed in Phagwara after the clashes leaving four persons injured.
The Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh, who is personally monitoring the situation following the incident, has ordered suspension of mobile internet services 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.
Chief Minister appeals people to maintain peace
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 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.