The Hush Post |07:50pm| 1-min-read
Communal tension brewed in Ludhiana’s old city area on Thursday afternoon when Hindu and Sikh activists confronted each other near the famous Chaura Bazaar.
It is to be remembered that Chaura Bazaar is a major retail trading centre of Ludhiana where the tight by-lanes are always choc-a-bloc throughout the day.
The incident sparked a row after Sikh activists allegedly tore a poster of Shiv Sena which featured the pictures of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, ex-CM Beant Singh, former DGP KPS Gill and former Army General AS Vaidya.
After the posters were tore down, Hindu activists led by Shiv Sena leader Rajiv Tandon gathered at Chaura Bazaar and raised anti-Khalistan slogans. They held a dharna demanding immediate arrest of Sikh activists.
Hindu activists gathered outside historical Sangla Wala Shivalaya in large numbers. Consequently, several Sikh activists also reached the site making the situation more tense .
Tension prevailed from 1.30 pm till about 5 pm. The entire area was cordoned off by the police.
In the morning, an altercation had erupted between pro-Khalistan supporters and the police when swords were brandished and turbans tossed at the Golden Temple complex.
The radical elements had raised pro-Khalistan and anti-India slogans.