The UT police will deploy additional 400 cops in the vicinity of the Punjab and Haryana high court in wake of an anonymous letter received by the Press Club, Jalandhar, that has threatened to kill 21 HC judges on August 21 by carrying out 21 blasts.
The decision came after an emergency meeting between the HC security committee and police was held on Wednesday afternoon.
Jalandhar Press Club had on Tuesday received an anonymous letter in which the sender had threatened to kill 21 judges of the Punjab and Haryana HC on August 21. The letter stated, “August 21 is going to be the black day for the Punjab government. We are going to carry out 21 blasts and kill 21 judges of the HC. We will take the revenge of our lost brothers. Stop us if you can (sic).” The letter was received by press club through an ordinary post.
Soon after the meeting, high court security panel head justice TPS Mann told mediapersons that there was no need to panic as necessary instructions have been given to the cops.
No curb on visitors' entry
“We are not going to restrict the entry. Precautions, including frisking of visitors, will be taken,” said justice Mann when asked whether there was any plan to restrict entry of visitors or interns engaged with various courts.
SSP (traffic and security) Maneesh Chaudhry, who attended the meeting, said security cover around the HC will go up and number of cops deployed would be increased from 175 to 600. He added that more DSPs and inspectors will be deployed on the court premises, besides quick reaction team (QRT), commandos and an anti-sabotage team.
He said two bomb disposal vehicles would be procured from the Punjab police to further strengthen the exercise. The police security officer (PSOs) to the judges, local police station staff and police control room (PCR) vehicles have been issued necessary instructions to make elaborate arrangements. The cops deployed in the court have been briefed to remain extra vigilant, said Chaudhary.