Chandigarh, April 30 (IANS): A day after imposing a 24-hour curfew in the Punjab city of Patiala after police had to fire into the air following a massive clash between Shiv Sena members and pro-Khalistan sympathizers carrying the sword in front of the Kali Mata temple, the state government on Saturday transferred senior police officers.
Also to prevent rumors from spreading, the government on Saturday ordered the shutdown of mobile internet services and SMS services in Patiala district.
On the instructions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, the government has transferred the Inspector General of Police (Patiala Range), Chief Superintendent of Police (SSP) and Superintendent of Police (SP), according to an official statement.
A spokesperson for the Chief Minister’s Office said Mukhwinder Singh Chinna was appointed as the new Inspector General, while Deepak Parik and Wazir Singh were appointed as the new SSP and SP respectively.
Witnesses told police that Nihangs, who gathered outside Dukh Niwaran Sahib’s gurdwara on Friday to oppose Shiv Sena’s Khalistan ‘March of Murdabad’, marched towards the shrine brandishing pro-slogans. -Khalistan.
A policeman was injured while trying to arrest the Nihangs, police said.
Harish Singla, the executive chairman of the Shiv Sena, led Arya Samaj Chowk’s anti-separatist march to the Kali Devi temple. They brandished slogans against Khalistan.
“The Shiv Sena will never allow the formation of Khalistan in Punjab or anywhere else in India,” Singla said.
He also said that the leader of the Banned Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, made the call to mark Khalistan’s founding day on April 29.
Meanwhile, to mark protest against the incident, Hindu outfits observed a closure in Patiala on Saturday.