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Amritsar bandh over Jaipur incident evokes mixed response

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Amritsar, Aug 24 (UNI) The bandh call given by Sikh activists over alleged chopping of a Sikh teenager's hair in Jaipur, today evoked mixed response in this holy city.

The Sikh Students Federation (SSF) and the youth-wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) have given a joint call for a bandh in the city to protest against the ''atrocities'' committed against the community members outside the state.

The groups of Sikh activists, including the 'Nihangs' urged the shopkeepers to keep the markets shut in Civil Lines and the walled city areas.

The city SP Dr Kaustuv Sharma and Mr Chaman Lal told UNI that the situation was completely under control and traffic was not being allowed to be affected by the activists.

As a precautionary measure, police personnel were accompanying the Jathas (groups) led by Guru Pratap Singh Tikka, Sardul Singh Shyam and Pardip Singh Walia among others, which were going around the city seeking support for the Bandh.

Activists of Sikh Youth Federation of Bhindranwale and Damdami Taksal Gurnam Singh Bandala group had forcibly stopped two state-run buses from leaving for Jaipur yesterday. They had gheraoed the bus-stand here, shouted slogans and declared that they will not allow any bus to ply for Rajasthan unless the Vasundhara Raje government took stern action against the culprits.

Today, the neighbouring area of Tarn Taran and Ajnala are also observing Bandh.

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