Tension in Phagwara, Dalits confront protesters
Phagwara: Timely intervention of the police and local administration helped defuse communal tension in the town during Bharat Bandh on Tuesday.The incident took place near Cinema Road where Dalits sat on a dharna against the bandh and protested forcible shutting of shops. On the other hand, general category activists assembled near Gur Mandi and alleged that Dalits were trying to sabotage their protest by forcing traders to open their shops.However, police officials succeeded in pacifying the protesters on both sides. Dalits submitted a memorandum to SP Parminder Singh Bhandhal. The general category activists alleged that Dalits came on streets carrying arms to prevent their bandh, while no one intervened during their protest on April 2.