Dera violence: Sukhbir vows to maintain communal harmony
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 28, 2010, 20:32
Anandpur Sahib: A day after violence rocked parts of Punjab following filing of a fresh murder case against Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday warned no one would be allowed to disturb communal harmony.

Addressing a Holla Mohalla function here, Badal said anyone found whipping communal passions or indulging in lawlessness would be dealt with sternly.

"Let there be no confusion in anyone's mind: no one will be allowed to get away with lawless acts. Peace and communal harmony will be maintained at all costs."

He said 90 rioters had been rounded up and the state DGP himself was supervising the law and order situation in trouble-torn areas.

Yesterday, the Dera supporters went on a rampage setting ablaze four trains and around 37 vehicles, including 27 buses, and vandalised property in several places in Punjab and Haryana.

The Deputy Chief Minister slammed the UPA government at the Centre for hiking petrol and diesel prices saying his party would raise the issue in Parliament.

Raising the price of urea by 10 per cent and keeping Punjab out of the second Green Revolution plan were aimed at "crushing the already indebted farmers in Punjab", he said.

Referring to the upcoming SGPC elections, Badal asked the community to foil the "backdoor entry" of the Congress in the top religious Sikh body.

After miserably failing to set up a parallel SGPC in Haryana, "the Congress is now sponsoring dummy candidates of various Akali factions in the SGPC polls, he said.

Referring to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Badal alleged the Congress was sheltering accused Sajjan Kumar and others.

The SAD president said his party would engage top lawyers to see that the guilty were punished.

He said the World Cup Kabbadi tournament would be held in first week of April in the state.

Ten countries would vie for the top prize of Rs one crore, he said.


First Published: Sunday, February 28, 2010, 20:32

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