Shops and commercial establishments remained closed in Abohar, Malout and other parts of Fazilka here following the bandh call given by 'Bhim Tank Katal Kand Sangharsh Committee'against the 'shoddy' investigation by the Punjab police and its 'failure' to nab Doda.
    
"He (Shiv Lal Doda), though his lawyer, has applied for anticipatory bail (in Abohar murder case) with the court in Fazilka", DIG Ferozepur Range, Amar Singh Chahal said. The court has issued notice for December 24, the DIG said.
    
Despite police raids at Doda's possible hideouts in parts of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Rajasthan, the liquor baron and Akali leader continued to remain at large.
    
"We have been making efforts to nab him" said the DIG Chahal, who also ruled out the possibility of Doda leaving the country. Doda's nephew Amit Doda had already surrendered before the police.
    
Doda has been booked for conspiracy in connection with the murder of 27-year-old Dalit Bhim Sain whose limbs were chopped off at a farmhouse in Abohar on December 11.
    
Meanwhile, shops, markets and commercial establishments remained closed in Abohar, Malout and other parts of Fazilka. Protesters also held 'Chakka Jam' at bus stand and Rani Jhansi market in Abohar, blocking road traffic.

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