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CHANDIGARH (Web Desk) – At least 82 people, including 12 policemen, were injured in a clash between protesters and Punjab police at Kotakpura chowk in Faridkot district of Punjab over an alleged incident of sacrilege on Wednesday morning.


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The Sikh protesters were staging a sit-in since October 12 when few pages of a torn Guru Granth Sahib were found near a gurdwara.

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The protesters had blocked all roads leading to Faridkot, Bathinda and Moga, the Indian Express reports.

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Police used water cannons and tear gas shells to disperse the mob which set on fire three police vehicles apart from damaging three roadways buses and few other private vehicles.

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Senior Superintendent of Police SS Mann said that the situation was under control in the city and Section 144 had been implemented.

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This was the second such incident of clash. Yesterday, 19 persons, including nine policemen, were injured at a village in Moga district where protest was being staged over the similar issue.