Patiala: In view of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD)’s proposed Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) canal march from Ambala to Punjab border near Shambu in Patiala district to start the digging work on the SYL canal to take river water for Haryana, on Tuesday Punjab increased extra vigil on it’s borders with Haryana as Punjab DGP Suresh Arora conducted an aerial survey of whole of the area and take stock of the situation as well and reiterated that the law enforcement agencies were fully determined not to allow anybody to play with law and order and peace of the state at any cost and also assured the people not to panic in any way.
Besides Punjab DGP also held high-level parleys with the high police officials of both states as a meeting was held near to Shambu in this context. In this high-profile meeting, the police exchanged notes over the development and the plan was also discussed in detail to meet the proposed SYL march by INLD.
According to the highly-placed sources in Punjab Police, during the meeting Haryana Police assured it’s counterparts in Punjab that it will move in full tandem and cooperate and coordinate with it to deal with the situation in a fine way. Sources also said that Haryana Police officials also showed their readiness to exchange data and intelligence inputs of the movement of INLD cadre and also the preparedness as well so that the threat of the announcement of the proposed SYL march be tackled with care.
Arora after conducting the aerial survey of the bordering area in Shambu belt took stock of the situation and put the whole force on maximum alert and instructed to set up barricades and to plug all the vulnerable points as well.
Later talking to the media persons at Shambu, DGP Suresh Arora said that the issue related to SYL were sub-judice as it was still pending in the Supreme Court, so nobody has any constitutional right to go against it. Touching upon the INLD’s proposed SYL march programme of February 23, he reiterated that the law enforcement agencies were equally concerned about it, but they were prepared in every way to tackle the challenge.
He said that the police force had been put on maximum alert in both the states and vigil on border had also been increased manifold. He reiterated that the force would not allow anybody to play with law and order and peace of the state and preparations had been made to thwart any such plans.
Arora said that deployment of the additional forces on borders will take start from tomorrow as 10 companies of the paramilitary force have been requestioned for the deployment in this sensitive bordering part of the state.
People living in Shambu and Ghanour parts of this district, meanwhile, seemed to be living without any kind of immediate concern and Kapoori village, from which the SYL started in 1982 with the-then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi laying the foundation stone, also presented a peaceful look with the people not bothered about INLD’s threat programme.
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