Chandigarh: Two people were killed and 75 others, including an IGP, were injured as clashes rocked a number of places in Punjab, including Faridkot, Moga and Sangrur districts, over alleged desecration of a holy book.A major clash between protesters and police took place in Behbal Kalan village, where activists of various sikh organizations had set up a blockade.
Police reached the spot to tackle the situation. The protesters clashed with cops, pelted stones on them, forcing police to fire in self defence, lob tear gas shells and use water cannons to disperse the mob,” Faridkot Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sukhwinder Singh said.
The clash left two youth, both in their 20s dead, and many injured, he said. He also added that “The situation is tense, but under control.” Earlier, protesters clashed with police at Kotkapura also in this district.
Clashes between protesters and police were also reported from some places in Sangrur and Moga.Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his Deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal have promised action against the miscreants and appealed for maintenance of peace.