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Sukhbir vows to maintain communal harmony

india Updated: Feb 28, 2010 21:58 IST

A day after violence rocked parts of Punjab following filing of a fresh murder case against Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal warned no one would be allowed to disturb communal harmony.

Addressing a Holla Mohalla function here, Badal said anyone found whipping communal passions or indulging in lawlessness would be dealt with sternly.

"Let there be no confusion in anyone's mind: no one will be allowed to get away with lawless acts. Peace and communal harmony will be maintained at all costs."

He said 90 rioters had been rounded up and the state DGP himself was supervising the law and order situation in trouble-torn areas.

Yesterday, the Dera supporters went on a rampage setting ablaze four trains and around 37 vehicles, including 27 buses, and vandalised property in several places in Punjab and Haryana.

The Deputy Chief Minister slammed the UPA government at the Centre for hiking petrol and diesel prices saying his party would raise the issue in Parliament.

Raising the price of urea by 10 per cent and keeping Punjab out of the second Green Revolution plan were aimed at "crushing the already indebted farmers in Punjab", he said.

Referring to the upcoming SGPC elections, Badal asked the community to foil the "backdoor entry" of the Congress in the top religious Sikh body.

After miserably failing to set up a parallel SGPC in Haryana, "the Congress is now sponsoring dummy candidates of various Akali factions in the SGPC polls, he said.