Chandigarh | Jagran News Desk: The Shiv Sena leader, Harish Singla has been sent to two-day police custody of Patiala Police, by the court in connection with the clashes that broke in Patiala. The Patiala Police has registered 6 FIRs & 3 accused have been arrested, including Harish Singla. The main accused & the mastermind Barjinder Singh Parwana will be arrested shortly. The police has identified 24 accused in the case and has formed a special team to arrest them.

Meanwhile, the Curfew was lifted at 6 am on Saturday and internet services have been restored, Sakshi Sahni, Deputy Commissioner, Patiala said.

This comes after, the Punjab government on Saturday transferred the inspector general of police (Patiala Range), the Patiala senior superintendent of police and the superintendent of police, a day after clashes between two groups over an anti-Khalistan march left four people injured. The police officers were transferred under the direction of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.

CM Mann has directed the transfer with immediate effect of Inspector General of Police (IG) Patiala range, Rakesh Aggarwal, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Patiala, Nanak Singh and Superintendent of Police (SP) Harpal Singh. As per the order, Mukhwinder Singh Chinna has been appointed as the new IG-Patiala Range while Deepak Parik will be the new senior superintendent of police for Patiala. Wazir Singh has been appointed as the new superintendent of police of Patiala.

Earlier, mobile internet services were temporarily suspended to control the situation. "(i) Mobile internet services (2G/3G/4G/CDMA) (ii) all SMS services and (iii) all dongle services etc. provided on mobile networks except voice calls in the territorial jurisdiction of the District of Patiala will remain suspended from 9:30 am to 6 pm on April 30," the official order said.

Patiala's Senior Superintendent of Police, Nanak Singh said today that the police and administration will share factual information and no misinformation should be believed in the said incident. Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has ordered a probe into the clash and said that strict action will be taken against those behind the violence.

Authorities imposed a curfew in the district yesterday till 6 am today after clashes broke out near the Kali Devi Temple in Patiala city on Friday afternoon as members of two groups hurled stones and brandished swords at each other. Police personnel were deployed to bring under control the situation. Two policemen were among those injured.

After the clashes, the Shiv Sena on Friday expelled its Punjab unit working president Harish Singla who had led a march in Patiala on Friday after which clashes broke out in the city. Singla was later arrested in connection with the incident. Locals say the situation is peaceful and devotees continue to visit the temple today.

(With Agencies Inputs)

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan