Chandigarh: Taking a serious note of the tension prevailed in Punjab and Haryana following the SYL canal digging call by the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), a team of officials from Union government has been camping in Chandigarh and keeping a close watch on the situation.
Joint secretary of the Union government Dilip Kumar, on Wednesday, held a meeting of top officials from Punjab and Haryana to chalk out strategies to tackle the situation peacefully.
Officials of both the states reached at a consensus Director General of Police, Punjab and Haryana, will personally monitor the situation personally and the police force of both the states was given free hand to curb the violence without any boundary restrictions.
Punjab DGP Suresh Arora who along with state Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal along with other senior officials was present in the meeting, claimed that to tackle the situation, Punjab has called additional police forces from its districts apart from the paramilitary foces. The forces are stationed at Mohali and were being sent to Punjab-Haryana border as per requirement.
The Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendents of Police of Patiala and Mohali districts have been directed to send their reports to headquarters from time to time, Arora claimed.
Haryana Home Secretary Ram Nivas, Chief Secretary D S Dhesi, DGP Mohammad Aqil and other top officials, attended the meeting representing Haryana. Ram Nivas informed that Haryana police will make efforts to make INLD terminate their march peacefully within Haryana without crossing interstate border.
To maintain law order, elaborate police arrangements have been made and special checking drive has been launched by both the state police forces. The interstate border has been sealed to avoid any untoward incident, he said.
Expressing satisfaction with the arrangements, Dilip Kumar, however, asked the officials to ensure convenience to general public, especially commuters.
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