Clash in Patiala: Police arrest six including key defendant | News Ludhiana


PATIALA: Two days after the clash between the two groups, Patiala police claimed to have arrested six more people, including main defendant Barjinder Singh Parwana and an accomplice of controversial Shiv Sena leader Harish Singla.
Police said the CCTV cameras and all videos were being thoroughly investigated and the accused were arrested accordingly.
Police identified the six arrested as Barjinder Singh Parwana from Rajpura, Shankar Bhardaj from Patiala, who is also the chairman of Shiv Sena (Bal-Thackarey) district, Ashwinin Kumar alias Gaggi Pandit from Bahadurgarh, who gave provocative speeches, accused Shiv from a village of Fatehgarh Sahib, accused Davinder Singh from Jind, Haryana, and accused Rajinder Singh from Samana in Patiala district.
Notably, three defendants have already been arrested by police as of Saturday, including Shiv Sena leader Harish Singla, who faces two days in pre-trial detention by police.
Singla was also assaulted by Hindu outfits during a Friday night meeting at the Kali Devi Temple in Patiala, with Hindu organizations accusing him of creating unrest between two communities which also led to clashes near the Kali Devi Temple. .
Ten days before the clash in Patiala, Chairman of Shiv Sena Bal-Thackarey Punjab Yogesh Sharma wrote to Patiala SSP and warned them of an undesirable situation that may arise from the call for the protest march given by Harish Singla in his own capacity. In the letter, Sharma also dissociated the party from Singla’s decision to withdraw the protest.
Patiala IG Mukhwinder Singh Chinna said, “Patiala SSP Deepak Pareek has formed more than 20 teams under the supervision of SP and DSP to arrest all the defendants who perpetuated the violence on Friday in Patiala. We have arrested the main defendant Barjinder Singh Parwana from Mohali airport and soon his custody will also be secured as he is brought before the magistrate.The interrogation of the already arrested defendants is ongoing and further investigations and arrests are also underway. is also examined.
In addition to arresting three Sikh radicals involved in violence, police arrested the accused Gaggi Pandit who had posted hate speech on social media.
Notably, the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) had condemned the Patiala Police for registering a case against Barjinder Singh Parwana who himself had submitted a memorandum to the Patiala Police four days before the incident and urged the police to take preventive measures to avoid any conflict.
Police said on Sunday they are also cracking down on social media users who actively promote provocative material on social media.
Deputy Commissioner Patiala also called on the masses to avoid circulating provocations or rumors on social media.

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