Curfew In Batala After Inter-Community Clashes

February 20, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Tribune

Members of the Christian and Hindu communities clashed and vandalised public property here today over publication of a picture of Jesus Christ in an allegedly objectionable manner by a Delhi-based publisher and at a welcome gate erected for Ram Navmi celebrations at Jalandhar recently.

Indefinite curfew was clamped in Batala after the town’s oldest church was torched and some shops vandalised. Police said trouble erupted when some Christian youths forcibly started downing shutters of shops across town. Activists of Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Shiv Sena objected to the demand to close shops, following which groups of both communities went on a rampage and looted shops.

Six shops - including Vishal Mega Mart - were ransacked in the ensuing melee. A Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation bus and another private bus were stoned and its windowpanes shattered. The infuriated mob then went ahead to burn six scooters and motorcycles.