Chandigarh: Punjab government on Sunday deployed forces at Kapoori and Shambu border in Patiala district, about 30 km from here, in the wake of Haryana’s Indian National Lok Dal’s call to redig the Sutlej Yamuna Link canal from February 23.
“We have mobilised forces at Kapoori and Sambhu border today,” Patiala zone Inspector General of Police (IGP) B Chander Sekhar said.
He said Punjab police has also taken up the matter with their Haryana counterpart so as to maintain law and order.
Besides, the Punjab government has sought 20 companies of Paramilitary Forces from the Centre, he said, adding they will also reach the state soon.
The steps have been taken to prevent any face-off between INLD workers and some radical outfits in Punjab, including Dal Khalsa, as people in the border state are against the digging or construction of the SYL canal.
Chander Sekhar also chaired a meeting of senior officials of Mohali, Patiala and Sangrur districts to supervise the arrangements of police deployment.
After recent Apex court verdict on the SYL canal issue favouring Haryana in terms of water sharing, INLD leader Abhay Chautala had announced his party workers will assemble at Ambala on February 23 and march towards Punjab for the purpose of digging the SYL canal.
“SYL is lifeline for Haryana…even the Supreme Court has given its verdict in favour of Haryana,” Chautala had said.
The Punjab Police has decided to seal the state border within a couple of days to thwart any untoward move from the other side.
INLD’s announcement to redig the canal drew sharp reactions from ruling Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab which hit back asking the party not to indulge in provocative activities.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his Deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal have announced on multiple occasions that the SAD is committed to safeguard waters of the state.
Some radical organisations in Punjab have already announced to assemble at Kapoori in Patiala in order to thwart the construction of SYL canal.
Radical organisation Dal Khalsa had took a dig at the INLD calling the move “nothing but a political mischief and stunt.”
Dal Khalsa leaders H S Dhami and Kanwar Pal Singh had said the people of Punjab would not allow any “mischief” at any cost.
“The Chautalas were friends with the Badal family and both have played havoc in a sinister way over the years. Even now, Chautala family know that the present rulers in Punjab, who are virtually on their way out, will not welcome them with batons and bullets, which are reserved for farmers, teachers, unionists, students, pharmacists and devout Sikh protesters,” Dal Khalsa said.
They said digging of the SYL canal was next to impossible and people of Haryana should stop “day-dreaming” about its construction.
Meanwhile, Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh has asked the the Centre and the Haryana government to take all necessary steps to prevent any violation of Punjab’s borders.
“Abhay Chautala’s inflammatory statement has potential to further escalate the tension already triggered by the ongoing Jat agitation in Haryana,” Capt Amarinder said.
He asked the Badal government in Punjab to protect the state’s borders from any infringement.
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