A day after the clash, the Kapurthala police Saturday lodged FIR against the activists of both Shiv Sena and Balmiki community leaders in Phagwara, who indulged in a fight late on Friday night. SSP Kapurthala Satinder Singh led a team of district police, which was deployed at key locations in Phagwara to control the situation. It was also learnt that the police was likely to constitute a committee of leaders of both Shiv Sena and the Balmiki community including others to ensure that no such clash ever takes place further.
SHO Phagwara City Jatinderjit Singh said that Shiv Sena activists namely Rahul Karwal, Akshay Karwal and 10 others were booked under section 306, 341, 323, 506, 148, 149 and 427 of the IPC. He said that an FIR was also lodged against 60 to 70 unidentified Balmiki activists under section 283, 353, 186, 148, 149, 427 and 188 of the IPC.On Friday night, both Balmiki community and Shiv Sena activists indulged in a clash following which they pelted stones on the official vehicle of Assistant Superintendent of Police Sandeep Malik.
Later, they staged a dharna outside Phagwara police station and also pelted stones on a Punjab Roadways bus on National Highway-1.Notably, Rahul Karwal is the nephew of Shiv Sena leader Inderjit Karwal who was lodged in the jail in connection with the last year’s clash between both the communities regarding the renaming of ‘Gol Chowk’ in Phagwara as ‘Samvidhan Chowk’. The clash had lasted about a month, keeping the state government on its toes.
The police said that both Shiv Sena and Balmiki activists blamed each other of attacks on Friday night. While the dalit activists said that the Shiv Sena activists attacked two youth from their community, the Shiv Sena activists maintained that the dalit activists allegedly attacked the shop of Rahul Karwal as a revenge of the April 14, 2018 Gol Chowk incident in Phagwara.Earlier in the day, Kapurthala Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Tayyab and SSP Satinder Singh took along with a team of SP Phagwara Mandeep Singh, ASP Sandeep Malik and DSP Manpreet Dhillon kept a close watch on the situation in Phagwara. A battery of police was also called from Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahr districts.
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