Antim Ardas at Dabwali passes off peacefully, Curfew relaxed for 24 hours.
27 July, 2008
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An Uneasy calm prevailed yesterday at Dabwali Town and Sirsa City as the Bhog and Antim Ardas of Harmandir Singh was concurrent with the monthly congregation of Dera Sacha Sauda Followers at sects Sirsa Dera. The administration in an attempt to leave nothing to chance had even pressed in the services of a helicopter for aerial surveillance and monitoring on this Sunday 26th July 2008. However everything ended up peacefully at both the places to the relief of the administration and to the citizens as well.
PEACE MARCH TAKEN OUT AT DABWALI
In order to intensify efforts to maintain peace and communal harmony in Dabwali, which witnessed unprecedented violence on July 18 during Naam Charcha at residence of a Dera Followers, a peace march was taken out at Mandi Dabwali today. Cutting party and other considerations hundreds of peace marches belonging to all section of society including political and social activists, members of NGO’s , Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers and students etc participated in the peace march and appealed people belonging to Sikh organisation and Dera Followers to maintain peace and harmony during the Bhog Ceremony of Late Harminder Singh who was killed during Sikh - Dera Followers clashes, in July.
CURFEW RELAXED FOR 24 HOURS IN DABWALI.
In view of improved conditioned in Dabwali town which gradually limped back to normal since last evening the district authorities gave more relaxation in the curfew and for the first time today since it was imposed, the curfew was relaxed for 24 hours. Deputy Commissioner V. Umashankar told that as the ground conditions improved considerably and in order to provide all facilities to the Sikhs coming to participate in the Bhog Ceremony of unfortunate victim Harminder Singh the curfew was completely lifted. He also expressed his confidence that now peace and tranquility will prevail in Dabwali and surrounding areas. He also appealed the people to strive for maintaining peace and cordiality. He however said that elaborate security arrangements were still in place and none would be allowed to disturb peace all take law in to his hands.
Report: Dr. OP Bansal, with inputs from GS Mann