Amid the protests for the release of Sikh prisoners, the officer who headed the Punjab Police during the militancy era has warned that ceding to the demands of the protesters would have serious ramifications.
Former Punjab DGP Julio Ribeiro on Wednesday urged the state government not to buckle under any pressure, adding that doing so would affecting peace.
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“No government should give into the demands of the agitators. The government should not take a political decision on such issues and should study all the angles before reaching any conclusion,” Ribeiro, who led the Punjab Police during the trouble-torn militancy days, said.
“If the issue involves dreaded terrorists like Prof Devinderpal Singh Bhullar, the main convict in the Delhi bomb blast, and those convicted for assassinating former chief minister Beant Singh, then the matter has to be weighed properly. Nobody should be allowed to threaten the peace and tranquility in a state that has seen such blood shed in the past,” the former DGP told The Indian Express over phone from Mumbai.
He also advised the government to probe if there were chances of militancy being revived in the state. “We paid a huge price to restore peace in Punjab. It did not come cheap. Hundreds of innocent people as well as police personnel lost their lives. Although I am not keeping abreast of the day-to-day happenings in Punjab, but if it is about dreaded terrorists then any decision on them has to be taken wisely,” Ribeiro said.