‘Terrorists trying to revive terrorism in Punjab’

State police chief Sumedh Singh Saini on Friday his force was taking all measures to thwart the plans of these outfits.

Chandigarh: Noting that terrorist groups were making attempts to revive terrorism in Punjab, state police chief Sumedh Singh Saini on Friday his force was taking all measures to thwart the plans of these outfits.

"We are getting reports from highest quarters that attempts are being made by terrorists to revive terrorism in Punjab," Saini told reporters here.

He, however, said Punjab police would not permit revival of terrorism at any cost. "Police is geared up (to tackle terrorism) and taking actions in this regard," he said.

Police have "effectively" foiled Naxal attempts to create disruptions in the state.

"There are reports that terror groups are making attempts to revive terrorism in the state," he said, without giving out any details about it.

Punjab police had earlier dealt with terrorism and lost over 1,700 personnel in its fight against terror, he said.

On the recent incidents of "lawlessness" at Amritsar and Ludhiana, he said police took prompt actions and the follow up is being monitored at the highest level.

Referring to the attack on a police officer at a Ludhiana pub, he said, "it was not a pre-meditated plan and it was on the spur of the moment."

The DGP, however, noted that the killing of an ASI at Amritsar allegedly by an Akali leader and Ludhiana incident, were offences of "serious nature."

"Police response in both the cases was immediate and strict action will be taken against accused in these cases," he said, ruling out political interference in the handling of Amritsar and Ludhiana incidents.

In the wake of Patiala incident where a gang-rape victim committed suicide, he said orders were issued to all SSPs in the districts to personally review such cases on daily basis.

On the occasion, ADGP (Intelligence) H S Dhillon said the Patiala`s case in which the rape victim committed suicide was a case dealt in "most unprofessional level."

"In the Patiala case, facts were concealed from senior officers by their juniors. However, police immediately took stringent action against its officials," he said.

In the Patiala case, strict directions has been issued to high officials to see if there was dereliction of duty on the part of any other officer, including the SSP, Dhillon said.


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