Curfew imposed in Punjab’s Patiala after 2 groups spar at anti-Khalistan rally


Stones were hurled as two groups clashed during a rally organised by the Shivsena (Bal Thackeray) in Patiala, Punjab, on Friday. Several videos shot at the time of the incident show people raising slogans, pelting stones and brandishing swords even as police tried to control the mob.

A curfew has been imposed in Punjab’s Patiala after two groups clashed during an anti-Khalistan rally taken out by local Shiv Sena leaders on Friday. Stones were hurled and swords were brandished at the clashes that took place near Kali Mata temple in Patiala.

The incident happened when the Shivsena (Bal Thackeray) was carrying out a march against Khalistani groups near Kali Mata temple in Patiala. The rally was led by Punjab Shivsena (Bal Thackeray) working president Harish Singla.

Members of some Sikh organisations and that of the Shivsena (Bal Thackeray) clashed with each other during the rally as several people from the crowd raised slogans. Shivsena (Bal Thackeray) workers shouted slogans of “Khalistan Murdabad”. Following this, some members of Sikh organisations took to the streets, wielding swords. The situation turned tense as both groups started pelting stones.

Following the incident, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann called for a law and order meeting with top officials. A curfew has also been imposed in Patiala from 7 pm Friday (April 29) to 6 am Saturday (April 30.

Several videos of the incident emerged on social media in which a section of people can been seen brandishing swords and shouting slogans. Some even argued with police personnel as the situation escalated. Watch some of those videos here:

Another video showed a man standing atop a building near a temple and throwing stones as heavy commotion was heard in the backdrop.