A day after union home minister Rajnath Singh lauded the role of Punjab Police in neutralising the three Pakistani terrorists at Dinanagar, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal urged the Centre to provide financial assistance to help modernise the state’s police force.
Interacting with mediapersons on the sidelines of a function held to pay homage to freedom fighter Udham Singh on his 75th martyrdom anniversary here, Badal said, “The central government should provide adequate financial help to Punjab for the modernisation of the police force.”
Asked about Capt Amarinder Singh’s criticism of the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP government’s failure to act on intelligence inputs about the terrorist attack, Badal said, “The Opposition should not play politics on such sensitive issues. Constructive criticism is welcome to help solve problems.”
The function was held at the local stadium named after Udham Singh as the state-level public function was postponed due to the seven-day national mourning announced after the death of former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on July 27.
Wreaths were placed before the statue of Udham Singh by SAD MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and his son and state finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa besides Akali leaders Balwant Singh Ramoowalia and Gobind Singh Longowal.
Asked about a memorial to Shaheed Udham Singh, Badal said that the project was held up for want of a suitable plot. He asked Parminder Dhindsa and deputy commissioner Arshdeep Singh Thind to look into the matter.