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Ludhiana (Rural) SSP and Raikot SDM hold meeting with panchayats

Ludhiana (Rural) SSP and Raikot SDM hold meeting with panchayats

The district administration has requested the general public to maintain peace and harmony in the wake of the Punjab bandh called by various Sikh organisations on March 28. These organisations are demanding clemency for Balwant Singh Rajoana,who is on death row for the assassination of Punjab chief minister Beant Singh in 1995.

In an order issued on Tuesday,Ludhiana Commissioner of Police (CP) Ishwar Singh imposed Section 144 in the city,which bans collecting of five or more persons in one place. The order,which also restricted the general public from coming out in public with weapons,was withdrawn in the evening.

Meanwhile,Ludhiana (Rural) SSP A S Chahal held a meeting of some 10 panchayats of the Raikot area on Tuesday morning. “This was just to ensure that peace is maintained,” said Chahal.

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“The general feeling all around is the same but senior members of the villages nearby and even the panchayats expressed the view that they want peace. They stressed that no law and order situation should be created in any manner and this is just what we are trying to do,” the SSP assured.

Meanwhile,saffron flags are selling like hot cakes in the city,with many shops and homes having one or more than one flag fluttering. “The Jathedar of the Akal Takht has ordered all Sikhs to do this in support of pardon for Balwant Singh and that is why we have put up these flags,” said Kuljeet Singh.

When told that Balwant Singh has announced that he does not want clemency,another local resident Harbans Singh was quick to point out,“He can say anything. That is his state of mind and wish. But we as Sikhs want to save him and we are following what our leaders have told us to do.”

Posters,banners and stickers have sprouted all over turning Balwant Singh Rajoana,who was little known till some time ago,into a larger than life figure. Even small school children,who have no clue about what he did or stands for,expressed their support for Balwant Singh Rajoana.