Punjab Patiala Violence: Chief Minister of Punjab Bhagwant Mann said that the conflict in Patiala was between two political parties, not between two communities. He blamed Shiromani Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party for this violence. He said an inquiry was being conducted to find out who instigated the violence and no one involved in it, irrespective of who they were, would be spared.
Mann accused the opposition of instigating it
Talking to the media, he said, ‘‘This conflict was between two political parties and not between two communities. People live peacefully in Punjab. Who instigated the violent incidents is being investigated. No one will be spared.’’ Mann has come to Delhi to attend a conference with Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of the High Court. He alleged, ‘‘Opposition is instigating such incidents as they are not seeing the success of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the state and hence they are doing so.’’
< p style="text-align: justify;">Four people were injured in the conflict
It is worth mentioning that some people, who claimed to be members of Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) organization, started ‘Khalistan Murdabad March’. Due to which there was a struggle in front of the Kali Mata temple. At the same time, some Sikh activists, including the Nihangs, took out a second front against the said front. Four people have been injured in the clash. Mann said that on the day of the violence, BJP’s Punjab unit president Ashwini Sharma was going to offer prayers at the temple. He questioned, ‘‘Why was he (Sharma) going there? We will not spare anyone, no matter who he is or in any position.’’