Radical Sikh outfit calls for Punjab bandh, train traffic hit

Radical Sikh outfit calls for Punjab bandh, train traffic hit

Members of hardline Sikh groups take to the streets during the Punjab shutdown call given by them to mark the 25th anniversary of the anti-Sikh riots, in Amritsar on Tuesday. AP

The activists of Dal Khalsa and some other outfits blocked the tracks, delaying the movement of many trains including the Shatabdi Express, Sachkhand Express, Paschmi Express, Super Fast, Dadar, Kathiar Express and Tata Mouri.

An official said all the trains were postponed and would run after 11: am. A senior officer of Ambala Division told PTI in Chandigarh that a number of long distance passenger trains running on the Delhi-Amritsar and Delhi-Jammu section were affected due to  the blockade of tracks between Rajpura and Shambu on the Ambala Ludhiana mainline section.

A number of trains have either been cancelled for the day or terminated short of their destination due to the blockade, he said. A number of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir bound trains were being terminated at Ambala and other stations in Haryana.

Activists of Dal Khalsa also did not allow any Punjab Roadways bus to move out from the Amritsar main bus stand. Hundreds of passengers were left stranded at the Amritsar Railway Station and bus stand.

Gursharn Kaur, who along with her six family members was scheduled to leave for Delhi by the Shatabdi express lamented that she would not be able to make it to the national capital in time for her flight to Mumbai and then to USA.

The affected trains include New Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi Express, Amritsar-New Delhi Inter City Express, Amritsar-Hardwar Jan Shatabdi Express, Dadar-Amritsar Express, Howrah-Amritsar Express besides a number of passenger trains.

Road traffic was also disrupted at many places in the state, including on the Chandigarh-Ropar National Highway. Initial reports said markets were closed at some places.

On October 23, Dal Khalsa supported by the Khalsa Action Committee, had given a shutdown call for today (Tuesday) to register its protest against the killings of thousands of Sikhs in 1984.

Chairman of Shiromani Panthic Council Manjit Singh Calcutta said, "25 years have passed but the country's justice system has failed to bring the perpetrators to book".
Head of another hardline outfit, Gaini Baldev Singh asked the people of the state to close down their business establishments, shops, banks, industry and transportation in memory of all those who were killed during the carnage.

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