Paramilitaries stage flag march in riot-hit Sirsa
Paramilitary forces and reserve police battalions staged flag marches in Sirsa, Haryana, on Sunday, a day after ethnic riots left 12 people injured.
Indefinite curfew was imposed in Sirsa on Sunday after a clash occurred between the followers of Dera Sacha Sauda and members of the Sikh community.
The district administration had summoned 15 units of paramilitary forces to maintain law and order. All the injured are under medical treatment in a government hospital.
Arshinder Singh Chawla, Inspector General (IG), appealed to people to maintain peace and harmony.
"Paramilitary forces have been employed. Curfew has been imposed in the city. We appeal to the people to maintain peace and harmony and to help us in maintaining law and order," said Chawla.
Heavy police force was deployed and police vehicles were seen patrolling on city streets.
Sikhs make up around two percent of Hindu-majority India's population of more than one billion.
The Dera sect, which has over thousands of followers, says it is a social organisation that believes in the oneness of God, and does not adhere to a particular faith, although its leader wears a turban and has a long beard in the Sikh style.