Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has warned against any attempts to disrupt the state’s law and order in view of the upcoming court verdict in the rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
Interacting with mediapersons after a meeting with Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, the Chief Minister said his government would not allow any disruption of law and order at any count and directed the state police to thwart any attempt to destroy peace.
The state had received 75 companies of central forces to maintain security and all steps were being taken to ensure that law and order is not disturbed in any way in the wake of the court orders, Amarinder said.
The people should accept any court judgement, said Captain Amarinder, appealing to all to maintain peace.
Punjab is on high alert in view of the upcoming judgement by a Panchkula court on August 25 in a case of rape registered against the Dera chief by the Haryana police.
The Chief Minister has directed DGP Suresh Arora to personally visit the sensitive areas and put fool-proof security network in place to prevent any untoward incident.
As part of the precautionary measures, the DGP, alongwith DGP Law & Order and DGP Intelligence, held meetings with District Magistrates, Punjab Police officers till SHO level, and senior paramilitary officers to discuss the security arrangements. A detailed intelligence briefing was given to the officers on available inputs about the plans of Dera Sacha Sauda followers and other groups/individuals.
The meetings also discussed preventive and precautionary security measures to be taken on the ground to uphold the Rule of Law, instil a sense of security, and protect the life and property of the people of the State under any circumstances.
The DGP directed the officials to take all possible measures to ensure that no harassment is caused to law abiding citizens of any community. Firm action should be taken against mischief makers and trouble creators, he further said.
The DGP also apprised the police officers of the designs of anti-national forces that have been trying to drive a wedge between various communities living peacefully in the State.
Meanwhile, heavy police bandobast has been made in Bathinda, which shares its border with Sirsa – the headquarters of Dera Sacha Sauda. On Monday, the police held a flag march, along with paramilitary forces, the CRPF and Rapid Action Force (RAF). A similar march was also conducted in Moga. Police are also in touch with the Dera followers and have appealed to them to maintain peace.
The DGP has been provided with the Punjab Government chopper to conduct aerial survey of the sensitive areas. He has also been directed to continue to main maintain a close vigil, on the ground, in the sensitive areas.
The Chief Minister has held high-level meetings with top security, intelligence and administrative officials in the state to take inputs on the situation on the ground. He has directed all officials to act with an iron hand against any elements found indulging in rumour mongering or resorting to provocative statements or acts.
He has also appealed to leaders of all political parties to rise above political lines and help in maintaining peace and communal harmony in the State.