'Security for 1984 riots witnesses'
Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal directs the state police to provide security to the witnesses of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.chandigarh Updated: Mar 11, 2008 03:20 IST
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday directed the state police to provide security to the witnesses of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, as they feel "insecure" under Delhi Police protection.
He took the decision after receiving a communiqué from Supreme Court lawyer Harvinder Singh Phoolka representing the riot victims that Punjab police security could instill a sense of security among the witnesses and the surviving victims, Badal's Media Advisor Harcharan Bains said.
He said the witnesses felt "very insecure" and did not trust Delhi Police to give them protection.
The witnesses had sought "effective steps" to relocate those among them "who felt an extreme danger to their lives after deposing against political bigwigs", he said in a statement in Chandigarh.
He said the chief minister had assured them that he would take up the matter with the Central and Delhi governments in view of the "threat perception" to the witnesses.
Badal has asked Director-General of Police N P S Aulakh to take immediate measures to provide adequate security to them, the statement added.