Sant Rama Nand
The Delhi-Amritsar highway and several state highways were blocked by mobs armed with sticks, swords and bricks. The protesters included a large number of women, many armed with bamboos.
They were protesting the murder of Sant Rama Nand, 57, the second-in-command of Dera Sach Khand, which brings together primarily the Dalit Sikh followers of the 14th century Guru Ravidass.Body of Dera chief to be brought to India
Sant Rama Nand died on Monday in a hospital in Vienna of gunshot injuries sustained the previous evening when a man opened fire in a gurudwara in the Austrian capital. The attackers, armed also with knives, were opposed to the sect. Sixteen people were injured in the clash.
The sect's top leader, Sant Niranjan Dass, 68, was also wounded in the Sunday clash that also involved the use of knives. But doctors said Monday that he was stable after emergency surgery.
Austrian officials said the body of Sant Rama Nand would be flown to India at the earliest.
Image: A policeman corners one of protesters during an agitation in Jalandhar on Monday.