Sarabjit: Protests in Phagwara, Indo-Pak buses diverted

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Phagwara (Punjab), May 2: A series of protest demonstrations were held in Phagwara over the death of Sarabjit Singh in a Pakistani hospital, leading to diversion of international buses running between Delhi and Lahore in the neighbouring country.

Activists of Shiv Sena, led by its state unit vice-president Inderjit Karwal, took out a protest march from Hanumangarhi temple and converged on National Highway 1 at Sugar Mill crossing.

They blocked the traffic briefly in protest against the failure of Indian government to save Sarabjit.

The protesters demanded cancellation of bus and train services to Pakistan, who they said must be dealt with sternly.

Meanwhile, another group of activists belonging to the outfit, also staged a demonstration against Pakistan government on the national highway near a local bus stand.

Due to these protests, Sada-e-Sarhad, Lahore-Delhi international bus was diverted from village Mehtan to Phagwara bypass to national highway via Hargobind Nagar.

The Delhi-Lahore bus was also diverted from Hargobind Nagar to Phagwara bypass to the national highway via Mehtan, official sources said.

Sarabjit died of cardiac arrest in a Pakistani hospital in the wee hours of Thursday after being comatose for nearly a week following a brutal assault by fellow inmates in a high-security jail.


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