The police have beefed up security in the district ahead of the 32nd anniversary of Operation Bluestar, which falls on June 6. Both, the Hindu and the Sikh radical organisations have announced their plans to commemorate it in their own ways.
It must be mentioned that tension prevails in the region ever since some miscreants tried an unsuccessful assassination bid on the life of Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale. Dhadrianwale also holds his headquarters in this district at Shekhupur village on Patiala-Sangrur highway.
Meanwhile, the police have made heavy security arrangements at all the entry and the exit points to the city, besides laying special check posts across the district to restrict entry of any anti-social elements.
At several places, the police could be seen carrying out extensive checking of vehicles to avoid any untoward incident. The police control room (PCR) surveillance has been enhanced in sensitive areas, especially in the interiors areas of the city.
Senior officials said the police force at all police stations across the district had been put on high alert to maintain peace and ensure law and order situation on the occasion.
Superintendent of police (SP headquarters) Sukhdev Singh Virk informed that along with the district police, a company of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and two companies of Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) were actively guarding the city by putting up special check posts.
Meanwhile, the police are keeping a close watch on various radical organisations, which are planning to hold protest marches to commemorate the anniversary of Operation Bluestar.
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) also announced to hold a religious march on June 4, from Patran to Patiala in the memory of people who died in the operation.
Party leader Amarjit Singh Marori informed that the police wanted to foil their march with the arrest of most of their leaders, including district president Sarup Singh Sondha. He said they just wanted to pay tribute to the martyrs of June 1984.