Govt will not compromise with communal harmony: Sukhbir
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 16:09
Chandigarh: Punjab government on Tuesday said it would not allow holding of any function which was likely to jeopardise peace and communal harmony in the state.

"The government has not allowed nor would allow anyone to disturb peace in Punjab," Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said making a statement in the state assembly on the law and order situation in Ludhiana.

Making a detailed statement on the events surrounding the function held by Divya Jyoti Jagran Sangthan in Ludhiana on December 5, Badal who also holds the Home Portfolio said that the tension arose when some organisations declared their intent to stop this function.

"The administration did not bar these organisations from organising their protest in a peaceful and democratic manner. But conditions of a grave and widespread violence arose when some uncontrolled and armed persons took advantage of the situation and started marching towards the site of the proposed function," he said.

An SSP, two DSPs, one inspector, three assistant sub inspectors were seriously injured in the attack, while one person died in the firing and 11 others were injured, he said.

He also announced a grant of Rs five lakh and a government job to one member of the bereaved family.

On the incident involving migrant labourers in Ludhiana, Badal said the situation arose after one migrant, who had gone to the police station to lodge a complaint, felt "ignored".

Forty-two people have been arrested in this connection and the government has also transferred the in-charge of the police post who had allegedly failed to register a complaint. Besides an inquiry has also been ordered, he said.


First Published: Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 16:09

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