No signs of revival of militancy in Punjab: CM Badal

Last Updated: Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 19:43

New Delhi: There are no signs of revival
of militancy in Punjab, despite attempts from across the
border, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said on Thursday.

"Though there are attempts from across the border, there
is no upsurge of militancy. Punjab is a very peaceful state
and people of Punjab are very secular. There is communal
harmony," he told reporters after a meeting with Home Minister
P Chidambaram here.
Badal said some organisations were indulging in
activities to revive militancy. "But it has no significance,"
he said.

Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Maken had said in
Lok Sabha recently that Sikh militant groups especially those
based abroad were trying to revive militancy in Punjab and a
close watch is being maintained on their activities.

"Available reports suggest that Sikh militant groups
especially those based abroad continue to persist with their
efforts to revive militancy in Punjab," he had said last
month.
Asked whether there was any presence of Maoists in
Punjab, Badal said "there is no Naxal presence in Punjab" but
the state needed to be alert in the wake of the violence in
other parts of the country.

"Some people sometime go there (in Punjab) when there
is pressure in other areas. We should be cautious, we have to
be alert".

PTI



First Published: Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 19:43

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