The Punjab government on Saturday removed three senior police officers, including an inspector general, while Patiala was returning to normalcy under tight surveillance with security personnel a day after clashes between the two groups on an anti-Khalistan march. Was Police have so far named 25 accused in six FIRs registered in connection with Friday’s incident in which four persons were injured.
The state Department of Home Affairs and Justice suspended mobile internet and SMS services from 9.30am to 4pm. The AAP government in the state transferred Inspector General of Police (Patiala Range) Rakesh Agarwal, Patiala Senior Superintendent of Police Nanak Singh, and Patiala Superintendent of Police with immediate effect. A spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that Makwinder Singh Chahina has been appointed as the new IG of Patiala while Deepak Park will be the new SSP of Patiala.
Wazir Singh has been appointed as the new Superintendent of Police, Patiala. Speaking to reporters here after taking charge, Chahina said that Birjinder Singh Parwana, a resident of Rajpura, was one of the main accused and mastermind of the incident. “He has yet to be arrested. Several police teams have been formed to nab him,” he said. He said that out of the total 25 accused, three have been arrested – Harish Singla, Daljit Singh and Kuldeep Singh.
Chahina, who was present with Patiala Deputy Commissioner Sakshi Sahni, said, “Punjab police will take stern action against anyone who tries to disrupt peace and communal harmony.” Police and district administration officials claimed Saturday that the situation in the city was under control and peaceful. A heavy contingent of police was deployed at the scene of the clash outside the Kali Mata temple.
Various Hindu groups had called for a shutdown in protest of Friday’s incident. Many markets in Patiala remained closed on Saturday. Representatives of some Hindu groups staged a sit-in outside the temple and postponed their planned protest march on Friday after police and the district administration assured action against those involved in the riots and violence within two days. Given
During the anti-Khalistan march, groups clashed, pelted each other with stones and brandished swords. Police had to open fire in the air to control the situation. Harish Singla, working president of a group called Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) and organizer of the march, has been remanded in police custody for two days by a local court.
To file a case against Singla under various provisions including 186 (obstruction of public service), 353 (assault or criminal force to prevent a civil servant from performing his duty) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation). Singla was arrested on Friday. Of IPC. This is the first major law and order incident in the state under the Bhagwant Mann-led state government. Opposition parties have attacked the AAP-led government, alleging that law and order has been disrupted in the state.
Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had ordered an inquiry into the clashes and said not a single culprit would be pardoned. A district-level peace committee meeting was also held here on Saturday in which local MLAs, senior police officials and representatives of religious institutions appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony.
Earlier talking to media, Patiala Deputy Commissioner Sahni said that the situation was calm and peaceful. Asked if a man had been shot in Friday’s incident, he said one person had been shot, but it was not immediately clear how he felt. The DC said the video was being examined and that the patient’s condition was stable.
Punjab Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony and also said that whatever is behind Friday’s incident will not be forgiven. “CM Man Sab himself is monitoring the situation,” he added.
Meanwhile, Punjab BJP leaders, led by its state unit chief Ashwini Sharma, paid obeisance at the Kali Mata Mandir on Saturday and appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony. He demanded stern action against those behind the incident.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief spokesman Malvinder Singh Kang said on Saturday that some sectarian forces were trying to destabilize the peaceful atmosphere in Punjab. The divisive forces that thrive in destruction and chaos are trying to disrupt peace and social harmony in Punjab. Punjab is known for its resilience and global brotherhood will not allow such nefarious intentions to succeed. Kang said in a tweet that every step in the book would be taken to nail criminals.
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