Fight over statue turns ugly, tension at Dhilwan village Stone pelting leaves 5 cops injured, 20 rounded up after mild cane charge

Jalandhar, December 12 2010: Tension prevailed at the Dhilwan village near Rama Mandi here as a group from the Ravidassia community reportedly pelted stones on police personnel who tried to stop them from installing the statue of a village youth, Vijay Kumar (who was killed in the post-Vienna violence, inside a community hall), at around 4 pm today. 
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The police reached the venue after getting reports of tension between two groups of the Ravidassia community, with one opposing the installation of the statue. Five police personnel were injured during the incident. The police had to deploy heavy force, fire in the air and resort to mild cane charge to disperse the mob. Around 20 persons of the community have been rounded up by the police.

There was reportedly a difference of opinion among the members of both the groups as one group was adamant on installing the statue.

Earlier in the day, the group activists had taken out a rally demanding the arrest of those responsible for the killing of Vijay Kumar about a year and a half ago.

It was also announced that a a massive protest rally would be taken out on January 5, 2011, from the Ambedkar Park at Buta Mandi to the Police Commissioner’s office.

Another group of the same community from the village opposed any such agitation.

The situation turned tense as the police personnel reached the spot and opposed the installation of the statue. As the police tried to nab activists, the members of the community got further enraged and tried to retaliate.

A few cars parked at the venue got badly damaged in the process.

Police personnel, who sustained injuries, were head constables Harjinder Singh and Kuldip Singh, sub inspector Jaswant Singh and constable Gurmukh Singh.

ASI Karamjit Singh also suffered a serious injury around his eye.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (city-II) Sarbjit Singh admitted that the police had to resort to a mild cane charge to bring the situation under control.

He, however, claimed that the situation was under control but additional police force was deployed in the village.

ADCP (city I) SK Kalia said a few youths had been rounded up in this regard, following various legal procedures.

The police has got a case registered under Sections 307, 332, 353, 436, 186, 139 and 149 against people who were pelting stones.


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