Patiala: The bordering state of Punjab was put on maximum alert on Wednesday in view of Indian National Lok Dal’s (INLD) proposed SYL march on Thursday from Ambala in Haryana to Punjab to start digging of the SYL canal after Punjab made it clear that it has no surplus river water to give it to Haryana in any way.
Barricades were put up and special naka points were created on Rajpura-Ambala Stretch of G T Road
Because of the proposed threat of INLD about SYL’s digging in Punjab from Thursday morning, the state government has tightened the security at the state’s border along with Haryana with the deployment of additional security forces including the paramilitary forces.
The Police force has been requisitioned from all other districts for the deployment along with the state’s border with Haryana as primary task given to the force is to thwart any move of INLD’s workers to enter into Punjab area in any way to start digging of the SYL Canal.
Security tightened at Punjab border near Shambu with deployment of additional forces in view of INLD’s proposed SYL march
The state government has also requested the Union government to provide 20 companies of para-medical forces specifically for this purpose and most out of these are deployed near to Punjab border near Shambu.
Besides barricades were also put up and special naka points were also created on Rajpura-Ambala Stretch of G T Road and bunkers were also set up under its preparedness programme as well, whereas on an old unused bridge near to the border one temporary wall has also been raised to block the bridge so that INLD’s workers be stopped from using this bridge to enter Punjab to start their work.
Meanwhile, it’s also learnt that the high officials in the state police department have issued strict instructions to the law enforcement agencies not to take any chance to allow entry to the protestors from across the border and to restrict them to their areas.
Highly-placed sources in the Police Department stated that in clear cut manner the police officials were told that nobody is allowed to cross into Punjab any way and it’s for them to take a final call if any such action demands it.
Interestingly, Punjab Police has stopped all type of vehicular traffic over the Rajpura-Ambala G T Road from Thursday morning in view of the proposed march and issued new route plan for the public to follow to avoid the inconvenience due to the stir. The vehicular traffic will operate via Banur, Airport road, Zirakpur, Derabassi, Lalru and Ambala City route now.
On the other hand, inputs from the across the border also claimed that similar tight security arrangements have been made by Haryana police with an aim not to allow INLD workers to march towards Punjab for the digging of the SYL Canal.
However, in Ghanour, Shambu and Kapoori areas there was peace and nobody seemed to be worried about the proposed march.
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