Security forces on alert in Punjab; conduct flag marches
Punjab police and paramilitary forces today conducted flag marches at different places in the state, apprehending violence in the wake of possible execution of Balwant Singh Rajoana in the assassination case of former chief minister Beant Singh.chandigarh Updated: Mar 27, 2012 13:59 IST
Punjab police and paramilitary forces on Tuesday conducted a flag march in various places, apprehending violence in the wake of possible execution of Balwant Singh Rajoana in the assassination case of former chief minister Beant Singh.
Security forces have been conducting repeated flag march at various places in the state, including Moga, Jalandhar and Ludhiana to instill a sense of confidence among residents.
Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini has directed the district police chiefs to take all preventive and necessary steps to maintain peace in the state.
Meanwhile, police patrolling has also been intensified in the urban and rural areas as a precautionary measure. Extra forces have been deployed around sensitive installations.
A few companies of paramilitary forces had been rushed from the Centre as a precautionary measure and have been deployed at Amritsar, Patiala, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and other places.
Security around the Central Jail in Patiala, where Rajoana is lodged, has been beefed up by erecting additional security check points and restricting entry.
Meanwhile, activists of some Sikh organisations took out a protest march in Jalandhar on Tuesday and raised slogans in favour of Rajoana.
There were reports of similar protest marches at other places, including Hoshiarpur, with activists demanding clemency for Rajoana.