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Pastor’s killing: Capt orders crackdown on communal forces

| | Chandigarh | in Chandigarh

Taking a serious view of the killing of a Pastor in Ludhiana, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday directed the State police chief to order a police crackdown on elements trying to whip up communal passions in the State by indulging in such attacks and to remain on high alert against such forces.

Capt Amarinder also directed the Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora to ensure that various departments of the police and intelligence in the State liaison and coordinate with one another in order to gather advance intelligence to prevent recurrence of such incidents.

Chief Minister has suggested coordination between the state and central police and intelligence agencies to facilitate more concerted and cohesive intelligence gathering to enable better handling of the situation.

Capt Amarinder has ordered the DGP to ensure that necessary preventive and precautionary steps are taken to maintain law and order, as well as peace and harmony in the State.

“Attempts to vitiate the State’s environment would not be tolerated at any cost,” said Capt Amarinder while warning of strict action against any police officer found guilty of dereliction of duty in this regard.

Given the sensitivity of the condemnable incident in which Pastor Sultan Masih was shot dead by two unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants, he asked the police department to keep close tabs on the situation to prevent any negative fallout.

He has also directed the DGP to ask the field officers to coordinate with the local Christian leaders for support in defusing the situation resulting from the killing.

Chief Minister pointed out that he had already taken up with the Prime Minister the matter of expediting CBI probe into cases of other targeted killings, including that of RSS, Hindu and Shiv Sena leaders that had been taking place in Punjab since January 2016.

 
 
 

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