Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, on Sunday, asked the people of the state to exercise restraint while observing the 32nd anniversary of Operation Bluestar on Monday, June 6, peacefully even as police continued to crack down on radicals across the state.
On the sidelines of Sangat Darshan programme in Lambi assembly segment in Tarmala, Muktsar, the Chief Minister said the state government was committed to maintaining peace, communal harmony and brotherhood in the state. He said the state government is keeping a strict vigil and every effort is being made to maintain law and order.
The Chief Minister said peace and communal harmony should be our priority as they are catalysts for overall development of any state. He bemoaned that Punjab had already suffered a lot during the “black days” of the militancy due to which the economic development of state was stalled and several thousand precious lives were lost.
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“So the need of the hour is that all of us should join hands to strengthen the ethos of peace, communal harmony and brotherhood in the state,” Badal said.
On the proposed agitation of Congress in Balad Kalan village on June 18, the Chief Minister termed it as a ‘political gimmick’. He said the state government is already probing the issue of lathicharge by the Bhawanigarh police on agitating Dalits on May 24 at Balad Kalan village and there was no need for a protest by Congress leadership. The party is only wasting energy by politicising the issue, the chief minister said.
Meanwhile, as part of a statewide police crackdown on radical Sikhs ahead of the anniversary of Operation BlueStar, police has rounded up Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and Damdami Taksal activists from several places.
SAD (A) state executive committee member Rajinder Singh Fauji was arrested as a preventive measure from Phagwara, police said. Members of Damdami Taksal, Dal Khalsa and SAD (A) are also being held as preventive steps, they said.
A crackdown on Sikh radicals was being made in view of the intelligence reports of a possible trouble by them during the observance of BlueStar anniversary at Akal Takht Sahib inside Golden Temple Complex on Monday, police said.