In view of a Punjab bandh call given by the Damdami Taksal (Ajnala) group on January 10, the Amritsar police have called in extra force and decided that nobody will be allowed to force the shopkeepers to shutdown.
Taking over as the Amritsar police commissioner, Ishwar Chander said, “We are well set to deal with the bandh. At a meeting on Friday, all police officers have been directed to ensure that no law and order problem takes place.”
“The guidelines have been issued and the officers have been told to maintain high vigil and ensure no resident faces any sort of harassment. We will not allow anybody to make forcible closure,” the police commissioner added.
On more cops being mobilised, he said, “Three companies of Punjab Armed Police (PAP), Jalandhar, have been called to the city and 100 police officers have been called in from the district of Border Range.”
Notably, the Damdami Taksal (Ajnala) has called the bandh to support the demands of Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa, who is on a hunger strike demanding the release of those Sikh detainees who have finished their terms.