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Punjab violence: Patil urges people to restrain from further clash (Lead:-Sikh clashes)

Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil today appealed to all sects of Sikh religion to exhibit restrain from further violence, even as clashes continue for the third day in Punjab.

New Delhi/Amritsar, May 16 : Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil today appealed to all sects of Sikh religion to exhibit restrain from further violence, even as clashes continue for the third day in Punjab.

"With regards to the Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh, nothing should be done from any side which could hurt the sentiments of the people. Everyone should follow this view," Patil said in the Rajya Sabha.

Meanwhile, to prevent clashes between Sikh organizations and followers of Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS), the district administration has imposed Section 144 in the city, which prohibits unlawful assembly and exhibition of arms.

The activists of Sikh organisations took to streets and forced closure of shops and commercial establishments in Amritsar.

The protesters demanded legal action against Baba Gurmeet Singh Ram Raheem, head of DSS.

"We are against the Ram Rahim and he should be put behind the bars as soon as possible, otherwise we will not withdraw our protest and continue our agitation," said Gurnam Singh, a protestor.

The Jammu-Pathankot highway has been blocked by the Akali protesters and in Bhatinda the school and colleges would remain closed for three days.

Yesterday, scores of people and policemen were injured when the two rival factions clashed for the second consecutive day in the State.

Clashes began on Monday in Bhatinda after local newspapers carried an advertisement showing Ram Raheem, in an attire akin to that of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth spiritual head of the Sikh community.

Dera Sacha activists have alleged that their rivals have denigrated their sect by burning effigies of Ram Raheem.

Followers of the Damdami Taksal (Bhindranwala) and other Sikh organizations set ablaze effigies of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Sant Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in protest against the advertisement.

The Jathedar of the Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, has taken serious note of the incident, but appealed to the protesters to exercise restraint.

ANI

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