Skirmishes in Punjab over ‘Ram Siya Ke Luv-Kush’ serial

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Chandigarh, Sep 7 (IANS) Several parts of Punjab witnessed minor skirmishes on Saturday with the Valmiki community giving a call for a statewide shutdown to protest against the Hindi serial “Ram Siya Ke Luv-Kush”.

The protesters were demanding the withdrawal of the TV serial.

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Tempers flared up in Fazilka town when Valmikis asked the traders and shopkeepers to down the shutters of their establishments.

A man was injured and hospitalised as the protesters pelted stones at the traders. A grocery shop was also damaged.

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In Amritsar, all markets were closed on a call by the Valmiki organisations. Security was stepped up to prevent any untoward incident.

In Nakodar town a shopkeeper, Nirvail Singh, allegedly shot at a protester, who was trying to force him to close his shop.

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The protester was hospitalized and the shopkeeper was arrested.

There was no major incident of violence anywhere in the state, except some skirmishes, a police official told IANS here.



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