Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Amarinder Singh assures peace in Punjab

CM appeals for calm as violence spreads Union Home Minister reviews security situation in Haryana, adjoining areas, Jammu & Kashmir
Arthur Frazier | 27 August, 2017, 01:16

It has also been made a decision to extend the ban on mobile data services in the state till Tuesday, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced here on Saturday, adding that 19 potential trouble makers had been taken into preventive custody and the crackdown would continue ahead of the sentencing.

Punjab has beefed up security at vital installations and is ready to enforce curfew again in sensitive areas of the state on Monday, if needed, in view of the upcoming sentencing of Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Ram Rahim. "Not enough measures were taken into consideration to curb the situation", Singh said at a press conference.

Any attempt to foment trouble in the state will be dealt with an iron hand, he said, adding that a security blanket had been put in place across the state.

Within few hours of the declaration of verdict against Gurmeet Ram Rahim, the Sirsa cult disciples have manifested a sharp commotion in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Chandigarh. We condemn the attack and peace will prevail in Punjab as long as I am here. The state government should have known that there could be a problem.

While congratulating police and civil officials for handling the situation in Punjab, he said 52 minor incidents had been reported from the state, with no loss of life or extensive damage anywhere following the announcement of the verdict yesterday.

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"Kiran Choudhry, Leader of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party, flayed the BJP Government for abdicating its responsibility and leaving the people to the care of goons" during the violence that rocked Panchkula that resulted in the deaths of many and injuries to hundreds. Strongly condemn violence urge everyone to maintain peace, Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

To control the situation, the Punjab government on Friday imposed curfew in six districts. "I appeal to the people to keep calm and help maintain peace and brotherhood", she said.

The Haryana Chief Minister, however, chose to claim that the violence was the result of anti-social elements, who he claimed got mixed up with the followers of the Dera Sacha Sauda. All intelligence inputs received by the Punjab police had been shared with Haryana, he added.

"The fault was in allowing people to gather in Panchkula when the verdict was coming".

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