Punjab Cabinet condemns Gurdaspur terror attack

Punjab Cabinet on Monday strongly condemned the terror attack at Dinanagar by three terrorists on July 27 and praised Punjab police, including four policemen who were killed, for their counter-insurgency efforts.

Chandigarh: Punjab Cabinet on Monday strongly condemned the terror attack at Dinanagar by three terrorists on July 27 and praised Punjab police, including four policemen who were killed, for their counter-insurgency efforts.

The cabinet also observed two-minute silence in the memory of former President APJ Abdul Kalam, victims of Dinanagar terror attack and Manikaran bus accident tragedy in Himachal Pradesh.

Adopting unanimous resolution to mourn the demise of Kalam, the Cabinet expressed profound grief and sorrow over his demise.

Kalam would be remembered for his remarkable services rendered for the well-being of underprivileged and poor on one hand, and inspiring the youth for inculcating a scientific temper amongst them on the other, an official spokesman said.

Strongly condemning Pakistan for "clandestinely perpetrating" a terror attack by targeting Dinanagar in Gurdaspur, the cabinet lauded the commendable role of Gurdaspur SP Baljit Singh and three Home Guards in counter- insurgency operation.

The cabinet also deeply mourned the killing of three civilians, who lost their lives in this operation, and highly appreciated the exemplary valour and presence of mind shown by the Punjab Roadways driver Nanak Chand, thus saving several precious lives, the spokesman said here.

Apart from this, the cabinet also lauded the alertness on the part of two railway employees to avert any major tragedy on rail tracks where bombs had been planted.

Likewise, the cabinet in another resolution expressed deep anguish and sorrow over the tragic bus accident near Manikaran Sahib in Himachal Pradesh on July 23 in which 12 persons were killed, 23 injured and 34 feared to be drowned, whose bodies have not been recovered yet.

As a mark of respect to the exemplary courage shown by Gurdaspur SP(D) late Baljit Singh during counter-insurgency operation in Dinanagar last week, the Punjab Cabinet today gave approval for appointing his son as Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP).

A decision to this effect was taken in the meeting of the Council of Ministers held under the chairmanship of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at his office today.

Spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office said the cabinet also gave nod to give ex-gratia grant worth Rs 25 lakh to the legal heirs of martyred SP and Rs 10 lakh each to the family of three martyred jawans of the Punjab Home Guards, who sacrificed their lives during the terrorist attack at Dinanagar, while performing their duty.

Rs 3 lakh would be given to the officials of the Punjab Police and Punjab Home Guards injured in the terror attack, besides giving them the best medical treatment, free of cost.

The cabinet also decided that state government would suitably honour all those officials who discharged their duties valiantly during the operation.

The cabinet also approved to give job to the next of kin of the Punjab Home Guard Jawans, who laid down their lives besides absorbing the injured Home Guards in the Punjab Police, he said.

The injured policemen would be promoted, he said, adding that Rs 1 crore would be given to Dinanagar Police station.

All the families of the deceased Police officials would get salary till the date of their retirement, he said.

Similarly, civilian and Railway official, who spotted the bomb on the railway track, would be awarded cash prize of Rs 2 lakh.

The cabinet also gave approval to relax the existing relief norms under its policy thereby giving Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of dead civilians and Rs 3 lakh to the injured civilians, besides the state government bearing the entire expenditure on the treatment of the injured civilians in both the government and private hospitals.

Punjab Roadways driver Nanak Chand would be given a cash award of Rs 3 lakh and will be honoured with state award on Independence Day function.

His name would also be recommended to Government of India (GoI) for honouring him with national bravery award.

The cabinet also decided to regularise the services of both the driver and conductor of the bus.

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