Mobile Internet services suspended in Phagwara

Apr 15, 2018, 14:33 IST | Agencies

The groups clashed last night, on the eve of Dalit icon Dr BR Ambedkar's birth anniversary, over the installation of a board and renaming of a "chowk" (intersection) in Phagwara, police said

Four people were injured in the clashes. Pic/Twitter
Four people were injured in the clashes. Pic/Twitter

Members of two Hindu groups and a Dalit outfit clashed in Punjab's Phagwara district, injuring four persons, with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh appealing for peace and ordering suspension of mobile Internet and text services in four districts.

The groups clashed last night, on the eve of Dalit icon Dr BR Ambedkar's birth anniversary, over the installation of a board and renaming of a "chowk" (intersection) in Phagwara, police said.

The chief minister, who is personally monitoring the situation after the incident, has ordered suspension of mobile Internet services in Kapurthala, SBS Nagar, Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur districts to check rumour-mongering on social media. The services were suspended with immediate effect for 24 hours, an order issued by Secretary, Home Affairs, Punjab, said.

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