Violence in parts of Amritsar after killing of youth

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Amritsar, Oct 26 (UNI) Violence erupted in parts of this holy city today as news spread about a youth being shot dead in Valmiki-dominated Lahori Gate area, by some car-borne people following an altercation last night .

Angry mobs damaged and looted 50-odd shops and scores of vehicles in Hall Bazar, Katra Jaimal Singh, Hathi Gate any other localities under police station D-Division area.

SP City, Dr Kaustubh Sharma, who visited the affected area said police force has been deployed in the affected localities and the situation, though tense, was under control.

Meanwhile, Police has registered a case against Harjinder Singh, alias Bonny Hill, a close relative of the sitting Akali MLA in the the killing of the youth, identified as Shankar Dass.

Police said the incident occurred around 0100 hours when a group of people stopped the car, leading to the altercation.

Congress activists led by former Deputy Speaker Darbari Lal, former Parliamentary Secretary Dr Rajkumar, ex-MLA Harjinder Singh and many other leaders staged a 'dharna' outside D-Div area police station, demanding arrest of the accused.

Dr Rajkumar has also issued an apeeal to people to maintain peace and harmony, specially in view of the day being the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Balmiki, who stood for high moral values.


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