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Four FIRs lodged regarding Patiala brawls between two groups; internet services snapped

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Amidst a brawl outside the Kali Mandir temple between a group that calls itself the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) outfit, started a “Khalistan Murdabad March.” Several Sikh activists came into action, including some Nihangs, and carried out another march against the Sena. After that fight between the two groups got underway, sloganeering and stone pelting at each other took place.

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A Patiala Bandh call was given by Hindu outfits, demanding the arrest of “Khalistani supporters” after clashes that took place in the city over an anti-Khalistan march on Friday.

Regarding the Patiala bandh call, Patiala Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Nanak Singh met with Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Suraksha Samiti head Giri Ji Mahraj in his office.

Four FIRs have been lodged so far in connection with the brawls, Patiala SSP Nanak Singh said on Saturday.

After the clash, a huge number of police were deployed to avoid any untoward incident. Curfew was imposed in the city from 7 pm till the morning. Besides the curfew, all mobile and internet services will be suspended in Patiala today.

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Mobile services snapped to check rumours

According to the government order, all mobile internet and SMS services will remain suspended between 9:30 am and 6:00 pm on Saturday to curb the transmission of “inflammatory material and false rumours”.

Tension gripped in Patiala after the two factions fought outside the Kali Mata temple during a “Khalistan Murdabad” march. During the clash, at least four people, including two cops, were injured.

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann summoned a high-level meeting of officers after the clash. The CM later said he has ordered a probe into the clash and given strict instructions that not a single culprit be spared.

“Anti-Punjab forces will not be allowed to disturb Punjab’s peace at any cost,” he said.

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