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2,500 personnel of central forces rushed to Punjab

delhi Updated: May 26, 2009 22:35 IST
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To bring the situation in strife-torn Punjab to normalcy, the Centre has rushed 2,500 personnel of the central paramilitary forces to assist local authorities.

"We have rushed 25 companies of CRPF, BSF and RPF to help the Punjab government in bringing peace into the violence-hit areas," a Home Ministry official said in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The Home Ministry is in constant touch with the state government and ready to provide more help if required by the state, the official said.

"We are monitoring the situation closely. It is improving and things are settling down now," the official said.

Punjab was on Tuesday by and large peaceful barring Muktsar district, where protesters clashed with police even as violence over the killing of a sect leader in Vienna spread to some areas of neighbouring Haryana.

A protester was killed by an SAD councillor in "self defence" in Jalandhar, taking the death toll to three.