A quick reaction team comprising of 50 commandoes, especially trained to handle critical and sensitive situations along with two companies of Border Security Force have been deployed in the city to instill a sense of security among the residents. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Navjot Singh Mahal revealed this, Monday
"The commandoes arrived from Patiala on Monday and another company of BSF will reach by Monday night. A joint operation will be launched along with city police personnel to further intensify checking at sensitive locations like bus stands and railways stations and strengthen patrol and night operations throughout the city," he said.
On the second consecutive day, the city police on Monday carried out a flag march in different parts of the city foreseeing the fear that gripped its residents as religious and political organisations intensified their demand to commute the death sentence of Balwant Singh Rajoana, who was the backup bomber in the assassination of former chief minister Beant Singh.
The flag march started from police station division 3, and moved through Phagwara gate, Madan Flour Mills, railway station, Kishan Pura, Devi Talab, Sodal Mandir area, Attari Bazar before culminating at Jyoti Chowk. Sources said that the flag march and check-ups at vital locations would continue till next week.
Police Commissioner Gaurav Yadav said, "It's our duty to maintain peace and harmony in the city. We will not allow anyone to disturb law and order."
Jalandhar was a safe hideout for terrorists during the height of militancy in late eighties. Sources said that the police were keeping a strict vigil on anti-national elements, while there were apprehensions in the police force about a section of terror operatives who might cause mild disturbances in the state to sensationalise the Rajoana capital punishment case.
The police were seemingly trying to give clear signals to radical Sikh organisations against taking law into their hands