Vienna backlash: 2 die as violence spreads across Punjab
Two people have died as tension mounted in Punjab on Monday with violence breaking out in several parts of the state following the attack on the head of Dera Sachkhand Baland and his supporters in Vienna on Sunday.
Mobs torched three trains, including Jammu Express, but no one was reported injured. Unconfirmed reports said two persons were killed in police firing. Reports of violence have also come from Amritsar, Patiala and Nawanshahr. A showroom of Hyundai motors in Jalandhar was torched destroying at least 15 brand news cars.
Police fired in the air and curfew was imposed in at three cities of Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Ludhiana and Hoshiarpur. Traffic on the national highway and train services have been disruppted. Protesters also burnt down a train at Dakola near here but one was reported injured.
Army has been called out in certain parts of Jalandhar and has been put on alert all across the state.
Last night followers of the sect had torched several vehicles and indulged in arson in Jalandhar. Senior Superintendent of Police R K Jaiswal said security forces have been deployed at sensitive points to check any untoward incident.
At least 30 people were injured, nine of them seriously when two groups had clashed with knives and handgun at a gurdwara in Vienna on Sunday.
Meanwhile markets in several areas of Punjab, including Patiala, have been closed and bus service has been suspended.
Sources said that the second-in-command of the sect Sant Ramanand who was shot in Vienna died early Monday morning, as he had suffered gun shots.