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New Delhi: The small region of Phagwara, a shanty Punjabi town, witnessed a violent conflict on Friday when Muslims and Sikhs in the area came together to ward off Hindutva activists of the Shiv Sena party.

Inderjit Karwal, the party’s state vice president, carried out protests with Shiv Sena activists pertaining to the disruption of Amarnath Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir following the death of Burhan Wani.

Both the parties involved in the clash started pelting stones at each other while few individuals threw sharp objects during the conflict which lasted for almost an hour. No one was killed in the incident; dozens were left injured.

The clash had started in Phagwara when aggrieved Shiv Sena activists approached a masjid and raised incendiary slogans such as anti-Pakistan rhetoric while chanting Bharat Mata ki Jai. The party’s action was condemned by the Muslim cleric Uvais-ur-Rehman who led the Muslim group into the clash. Few Sikhs in the locality, after witnessing the incident, joined hands with the Muslims to ward off the protesters.

The Shiv Sena had also tried to cripple business in the region by shutting down Muslim shops in the region.

First Published | 23 July 2016 1:25 PM
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