Shimla: Widespread violence in Punjab following the killing of leader of a religious sect in Vienna resulted in great inconvenience to commuters coming to and leaving Himachal as almost all long route buses were either delayed or their trips cancelled. Two HRTC buses were torched while at least five other were damaged in different parts of Punjab on Monday. The state transport department has decided not to resume bus service to Punjab until the situation normalises, which may also affect service to Delhi and other states.
The violence has also hit tourist flow to the state and also trade as trucks transporting vegetables and other essentials to and from the state have not been moving. Sources in tour and travel agencies revealed that many bookings have been cancelled or postponed.