Jalalabad (Punjab): Punjab Deputy Chief
Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday said that the Shiromani
Akali Dal (SAD)-BJP combine Government was committed not to
allow terrorism to raise its ugly head in the state again.
"As a Home Minister of the State I am keeping a close
watch on all developments and police will maintain rule of law
at all cost," Sukhbir, who is a MLA from here, told reporters.
Recently the police have arrested suspected terrorist
Balbir Singh Bhootna and his three alleged associates from
Ludhiana and Moga respectively. Bhootna, suspected to be a
member of dreaded Babar Khalsa International (BKI), was
arrested by police from Ludhiana railway station on Tuesday
after a shootout in which one person was killed and two
policemen were injured.
Sukhbir, who was on a whirlwind thanksgiving tour of
this assembly segment situated on the border of the state,
said that the Punjab government had requested the Union Home
Minister to enhance the grant to state police under the
"We are keen to keep state police fully equipped to meet
any challenge posed by anti-national forces," he stressed.
There would not be any let up in the drive against
anti-national elements involved in narcotics trade in the
State, he said.
Earlier he announced a package of more than 30 projects
worth rs 30 crore relating to link roads, schools, colleges
and power for this border area.