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Security Tightened In Punjab Ahead Of Ram Rahim's Sentencing: Amarinder Singh

27 August 2017

Reacting to Haryana's charge that Punjab did not stop vehicles carrying Dera followers from reaching Panchkula, the Chief Minister said the Haryana government, at no point in time, approached the Punjab government on this issue.

His comments came after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a high-level meeting to review the country's security situation, particularly in Haryana.

On the high court's comment that everybody let Panchkula burn for political gain, Hooda said, "When the high court says this, then it really shows the failure of this government", and that the government should collectively resign. Security stepped up after violent protests by Dera followers in the state.

Curfew has been imposed in several places in Haryana and Punjab while prohibitory orders have been imposed in nine districts of Uttar Pradesh, all but two districts of Delhi and one district in Rajasthan following massive violence, an official said. Many media persons were injured in the disturbances.

"There was no firing or lathicharge in Punjab". There were minor incidents.

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District personnel are conducting extra surveillance and mosquito control in the areas where the virus activity was found. Armstrong said, "They pick up the virus by feeding on an infected bird and then occasionally they might feed on a person".

It has also been made a decision to extend the ban on mobile data services in the state till Tuesday, the CM said, adding that 19 potential trouble makers had been taken into preventive custody and that the crackdown would continue ahead of the sentencing. He said he was speaking on the basis of information provided by Haryana, which was "hestitating in sharing information".

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar have urged people in the states to maintain peace.

- Madhur Verma of Delhi Police confirmed that Dera Sacha Sauda followers tried to create mischief, following which a case has been registered. Amarinder disclosed that curfew had been lifted in three districts of the state and relaxed in the other areas where it was imposed yesterday.

The CM said his government would not accept any nonsense or allow anyone to spread bad blood in Punjab even on Monday and this was his promise to the state and its people.

In the same breath, Khaira castigated the Haryana and Punjab governments for failing to maintain law and order after the verdict against the Dera chief was pronounced. "Additional security forces have been deployed in sensitive areas with large number of Dera supporters and patrolling has been strengthened", the spokesperson said.

Security Tightened In Punjab Ahead Of Ram Rahim's Sentencing: Amarinder Singh