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Security beefed up in Punjab, Haryana

Security has been beefed up in Punjab and Haryana to prevent any untoward incident ahead of tomorrow's Sant Samaj-sponsored bandh across the two states.

india Updated: Jul 22, 2008 18:20 IST

Security has been beefed up in Punjab and Haryana to prevent any untoward incident ahead of tomorrow's Sant Samaj-sponsored bandh across the two states.

The day-long bandh call had been given by Sant Samaj, a conglomerate of various Sikh organisations, to force the Centre, Punjab, Haryana and Maharashtra Governments to immediately arrest the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh for his alleged involvement in the killing of three Sikhs recently, sources said.

While Sant Samaj maintained that the bandh will be peaceful, police along with paramilitary forces conducted flag marches at several places, including Dabwali, Moga and Bagha purana.

"The Sant Samaj activists will not block rail traffic and not hamper the functioning of medical institutes and those needing medical care but educational and commercial establishments will not be permitted to function during the day," Sant Samaj convener and Damdami Taksal chief Harnam Singh Khalsa said here.

Besides Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Shiromani Gurudwara Parbhandhak Committee and Dera Sacha Sauda had appealed the people to maintain peace and communal harmony.

Meanwhile, heavy police force along with 23 companies of the BSF and other paramilitary forces have been deployed in Sirsa district the prime centre of Dera Sacha Sauda to ensure complete peace during the proposed Bandh.

"Section 144 of the CrPC had been promulgated throughout the district and none would be allowed to indulge in any unlawful activity, DC V Umashankar, Sirsa, said.