Anti-Dera bandh cripples Punjab
Rail and road traffic were paralysed in several parts of Punjab on Wednesday even as supporters of Dera and Sikhs clashed in Haryana's Fatehabad during the day-long bandh called by a Sikh group in Punjab and Haryana. Activists of Sant Samaj a conglomerate of various Sikh organisations squatted on rail tracks near Vala village in Amritsar district during the bandh and demanded arrest of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
Thousands of passengers were stranded at Amritsar railway station as bandh supporters blocked the Garib Rath Express and forced cancellation of nine other trains including 2014 Shatabdi Express, 2460 Super Fast, 5708 Amrapali Express, 2716 Sachkhand Express, 2929 Paschim Express, 1058 Dadar Express and 2054 Jan Shatabdi, a report from Amritsar said.
Some private educational institutes remained closed at various places in Punjab as precautionary measure. Traffic on national highways and other roads were also disrupted at 20 places including Fatehgarh, Phagwara and Moga, Patiala, Faridkot and Ropar, officials said, adding that emergency vehicles and ambulances were however, allowed to pass.