Terming the attack on Shiv Sena leader Harvinder Soni as an individual act, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said some forces were trying to disturb the hard-earned peace in the state.
Badal, who was in Amritsar on Monday, said: “The attack cannot be seen as a conspiracy by a particular agency or an outfit. Some forces are trying to disturb peace in the state, but our government is determined to crush the ugly head of such forces.”
Interacting with reporters after enquiring the well-being of the injured Shiv Sena leader, Badal said the state government had always accorded top priority to maintain peace, communal harmony and brotherhood in the state. He said: “Our government has been successful in creating a congenial atmosphere in the state despite of a hostile international border.”
Badal said some forces, in and outside the country, were opposed to Punjab’s progress and had been conspiring to derail the ongoing development in the state by indulging in disruptive acts. “But the government will leave no stone unturned to uphold the ethos of peace, communal harmony and amity in the state,” he added.
CONDEMNS ATTACK ON SHIV SENA LEADER
Condemning the attack on the Shiv Sena leader on Sunday, the CM lauded the role of the Punjab police for immediately arresting the attacker. Badal, who was accompanied by director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini, said: “Police investigations have revealed that attack on the Shiv Sena leader was merely an act by some individuals. They were not associated with any group.”
ATTACK ON BSF JAWANS UNFORTUNATE
When asked to comment on a recent attack on the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel by smugglers from across the border, the CM said: “It was highly unfortunate.”
He said the Union government was aware of the incident and home minister Rajnath Singh had also announced that adequate action would be taken in this regard.
SLAMS JAKHAR FOR MISLEADING PEOPLE
The CM slammed leader of opposition Sunil Jakhar for misleading the people on the issue of compensation to the farmers. He said Jakhar was not aware of the ground realities and was just issuing statements to score brownie points. “A responsible person like Jakhar must verify all facts before levelling allegations,” said the CM.