Tension prevailed in the city as protest by activists of Valmiki Samaj turned violent in some parts of the city.
Various organisations of Valmiki Samaj were protesting against the screening of comedy film ‘The Legend of Michael Mishra’ allegedly hurting the sentiments of community. The protest was held under the Punjab bandh call given by the various organisations of Valmiki Samaj.
Though the release of movie was already banned in Punjab but still members of Valmiki Samaj staged protests, forcibly shut the shops and burnt tyres and effigies in middle of the roads. In some of the areas the protestors damaged the shops.
The protestors were seen on the roads carrying sharp-edge weapons, swords and threatening the people to close the business establishments.
The curfew like situation was witnessed in the some parts of city and the residents avoid coming out of their homes fearing of violent protests.
According to information, the markets in the areas including Model Town, Dugri Road, Haibowal, Ghumar Mandi, Kailash Chowk, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Basti Jodhewal, Chaura Bazaar, Field Ganj remained closed during the protest.
A shopkeeper said that the protestors while holding swords in hands forced them to shut the shops and the cops were mere mute spectators. It seems that there was no law and order in the city. There was general perception as if the organisations protesting in the city were supported by the government and the cops did not dare to take any action.
In Gur Mandi and Basti Jodhewal areas two shops were allegedly damaged by the protestors. A scuffle also took place between the shopkeepers and the protestors. The police intervened timely and averted the major clash.
The traffic was also disrupted due to protests in the different parts of the city and commuters have to face tough time.
Meanwhile, members of Valmiki Samaj said that objectionable scenes were there in the movie against Bhagwan Valmiki Maharaj which hurt their sentiments. The protest was peaceful but some anti-social elements created nuisance.
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