Curfew lifted in trouble-torn areas of Punjab

May 28th, 2009 - 2:55 pm ICT by ANI  

Chandigarh, May 28 (ANI): Following improvement in the situation in areas hit by violence, day curfew was lifted in Jalandhar, Phagwara, Hoshiarpur, Malout and Ludhiana in Punjab.

Punjab had witnessed large-scale violence and arson after followers of Sikh religious sect Dera Sachkhand Ballan took to the streets on Sunday night in protest against the attack on their leaders in a Vienna Gurudwara.

After three days of trouble in the region shops and other commercial establishments were reopenend as the day-time curfew was lifted.

Curfew has been relaxed till six pm.

Train and bus services have been restored in the state. However, educational institutions remained closed in the disturbed areas. While para-military forces have been sent back to the barracks, state police continue to patrol sensitive areas in Jalandhar district, which was worst-hit by the violence

Twenty three people have been arrested across the state for indulging in arson. (ANI)

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