UT Police is gearing up to stop Aam Adami Party(AAP) workers who have announced that they would enter Chandigarh to gherao Punjab chief minister’s official residence in Sector 2, Chandigarh, on Monday.
They have deployed over 4,500 personnel, many at the SAS Nagar- Chandigarh barrier near the YPS. The posse of cops will include DSPs, inspectors, sub-inspectors and other police officials. A senior cop said that Section 144 of CrPC had already been deployed in Chandigarh.
“Protesters will not be allowed to enter. If they want to hold a rally, it would be allowed at the Sector 25 rally ground,” the official said, adding that they would deploy maximum force near YPS Chowk of SAS Nagar. Security will also be beefed up around the residences of chief ministers of Punjab and Haryana. The UT police is coordinating with the SAS Nagar police.
The AAP protest is against the alleged Rs 12,000-crore missing food grain scam in Punjab, rampant corruption and failure of the Punjab government to curb the drugs racket.
Parkash Singh Badal has cancelled all his official engagements for Monday to receive AAP leaders who wish to protest outside his official residence.
(with agency inputs)