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Punjab Cong for more security after Babbar Khalsa threat

Last Updated: Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 18:25

Chandigarh: Punjab Congress on Saturday sought
increased security for 10 of its office bearers, including
president Mohinder Singh Kaypee and at its headquarters here
following receipt of "threat letters" purportedly from the
Babbar Khalsa.

Party general secretary Rajpal Singh in a communication
to the Director General of Punjab Police brought to his notice
the receipt of 10 envelopes addressed to Kaypee and some other
office bearers.
"The contents of the photocopied letter are the same for
all," he said. Copies of the letter have also been sent to the
Additional DGP of Intelligence and Security and the Senior
Superintendent of Police, Chandigarh.

The others who have received the "threat letters` include
general secretaries Tarlochan Singh and Raj Pal Singh, office
secretary Nirmal Rampal, chief organiser Congress Seva Dal
Rajinder Rasrania Mohinder Singh Kalyan, Rajpal Singh added.

"Kaypee and Tarlochan Singh lost their fathers at the
hands of terrorists. As the security of these persons is the
duty of the state, it is requested that adequate security be
provided to these persons immediately.

"At present there is no proper security arrangement at
the Punjab Congress Bhawan which houses the state headquarters
of the party," he said.

Singh said they have communicated with the Punjab DGP.
Since the security in the building is provided by the
Punjab Police they have approached the Punjab Police and not
the Chandigarh Police, he said in reply to a question.

Punjab DGP P S Gill and Chandigarh Senior Superintendent
of Police (SSP) S S Srivastava could not be contacted despite
repeated attempts.

The communication said senior leaders, including former
chief ministers, Leader of the Opposition, Members of
Parliament and MLAs frequently visit the headquarters but
there are only three constables present on security duty in
the vast building.

"Only one constable is deployed at the main gate whereas
the whole surroundings remain unguarded. Whenever one of them
is on leave or on his weekly off, the remaining two perform
duty 12 hours at a stretch each. It is requested that security
arrangements be beefed up at Punjab Congress Bhawan,
Chandigarh," the communication said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 18:25

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