Punjab Cong for more security after Babbar Khalsa threat
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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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