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Separatists trying to revive terrorism: Punjab DGP

HT Correspondent  Chandigarh, December 28, 2012
First Published: 21:31 IST(28/12/2012) | Last Updated: 21:34 IST(28/12/2012)

Disclosing that separatists were making attempts to revive terrorism in the border state, Punjab director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini on Friday assured that the police force was fully geared up to thwart such activities of anti-nationals.

"We are getting reports from the highest quarters of attempts at revival of terrorism," the DGP said at a news conference.

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The first and primary responsibility of the state police is to prevent resurgence or revival of terrorism, he said.

Refusing to divulge details of steps taken to prevent the revival of secessionist activities, the state police chief indicated that the arrest of former militants such as Daljeet Bittu was one of the steps the police had taken to curb nefarious designs of terrorists.

"Certain steps become public, while many such other strategic steps we have taken do not become public," he added.

Yet another cause of concern, he said, was the Naxalite problem. He said the police had also acted well in time to prevent Naxalites from entering the state.

The revival of terrorism and Naxalites trying to spread their wings in the state are the "real law and order problems", he added.

The DGP hinted that processions carried out in March, April and May by the radicals were aimed at creating disturbance in the state. He said: "It was a difficult situation which was effectively handled. The police had to take radical leaders in preventive custody."

The DGP said individual offences such as killing of an ASI in Amritsar, assault on a police officer in Ludhiana and the Patiala gangrape were not a law and order problem. "They are offences and criminal cases," he said.

Asked about politicisation of the police and cops being attacked by people owing allegiance to political parties, Saini said: "If we can deal with the assailants of 1,784 cops killed during terrorism, we can deal with one more also."

Stating that it was unfair to draw an inference that the police force was hand in glove with any political party, the DGP said: "You just reflect on the police response, whether it was the Amritsar incident or the Ludhiana one. You will get the answer. Were we lacking anywhere?"

He reiterated that it never "affects us" if the accused belongs to any party or is close to any leader.

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