Hartal to mourn Pheruman

Hartal was observed throughout Punjab today [October 28] in memory of Mr. Darshan Singh Pheruman, who died in Amritsar yesterday on the 74th day of his fast for the inclusion of Chandigarh in Punjab. The offices of the Punjab Government also remained closed. The last rites of Mr. Pheruman were performed this evening at his home village of Pheruman. The hartal was generally peaceful except for an incident at Ludhiana in which some members of a mourning procession ransacked a post office. Some processionists also shouted anti-Prime Minister and anti-Sant Fateh Singh slogans and burnt an effigy of the Prime Minister. The call for hartal was given by the Akali leader Sant Fateh Singh and the State Jan Sangh President, Dr. Baldev Prakash. The State Government had declared the day as a closed day. The Punjab police and Border Security Force guarded the State and Central Government offices, railway stations and other vital installations. According to a Punjab Government spokesman, Army has also been alerted as “a routine precautionary measure.” In the Union Territory of Chandigarh, several shops, business and commercial establishments observed hartal to-day.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/hartal-to-mourn-pheruman/article29817944.ece

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