Clashes broke out between protesters seeking the release of Sikh prisoners and Chandigarh Police at Mohali-Chandigarh border when the demonstrators were heading towards Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s residence in Chandigarh. The protestors allegedly turned violent while the police had to resort to mild lathi charge and water canons to control the crowd.
The Chandigarh Police had put up barricades near the border to prevent the protesters from moving towards the CM’s residence. Some of the mounted protesters tried to remove the barricades and also used swords and horses to attack the cops.
23 personnel of Chandigarh Police were injured in the incident and were admitted to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). They include 10 Chandigarh Police personnel, three home guard volunteers, and nine Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel.
The injured also include seven women police personnel. A total of 11 police personnel of Mohali district were also injured in the incident and they were admitted to Phase 6, Civil Hospital.
Chandigarh Police’s eight vehicles were also damaged in the incident. They included a water cannon vehicle, a “vajra” (riot control vehicle), two police jeeps, a fire-fighting vehicle and some other vehicles.
Punjab ADGP (Law and Order) Arpit Shukla also met the injured Punjab police personnel at the hospital.
DGP Chandigarh Police, Praveer Ranjan said, “From January 7, the Quami Insaaf Morcha had set up its protest camp at the Mohali-Chandigarh border. At Mataur barrier, around 300 protesters have been sitting here and they have been supported by different organisations. Three days ago, they announced that they will be heading towards the CM’s residence in Chandigarh, and if they are stopped, they will offer themselves for arrest. As per their programme, they were told by the police that Section 144 has been imposed in Chandigarh and the CM’s residence is in high security zone, where no protest can be allowed. Still, around 1 pm, nearly 1,000 protesters came here on Wednesday at the barricade of Sector-52, Chandigarh.