Punjab CM Amarinder denies seeking enhanced security from Centre following radicals’ threat
In a hard-hitting reaction to the video threats against him and Ludhiana MP Ravneet Bittu issued by pro-Khalistani elements, the CM said he was not intimidated by such acts and was ready to take on such forces to protect the people of Punjab.cities Updated: May 25, 2017 20:58 IST
Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday said he would not seek enhanced security from the Centre in the wake of threats being given by radical elements to him.
He rather dared the pro-Khalistanis to come to Punjab and face his government’s wrath.
In a hard-hitting reaction to the video threats against him and Ludhiana MP Ravneet Bittu issued by pro-Khalistani elements, the CM said he was not intimidated by such acts and was ready to take on such forces to protect the people of Punjab.
“These elements are trying to disrupt the peace and harmony of Punjab,” said Amarinder, vowing to do everything in his power to thwart their nefarious designs.
“If they have the guts, they should come to Punjab, and my government will ensure that they do not get away with cowardly threats and revive terrorism,” he added.
Amarinder dismissed reports that his government has sought ‘Z Plus’ security from the Centre for him and Bittu, saying the state police is more than capable of providing protection to people, including the Congress leaders.
“There is no question of approaching the central government for increased security,” said Amarinder, while adding that he had full faith in the capabilities of the Punjab Police, which was doing an excellent job.
An official spokesperson said the chief minister has told his government colleagues and officials that there should be no move to scale up his security cover in view of threats.
The spokesperson regretted that organisations such as ‘Sikhs for Justice’, which was purportedly behind some of the video threats doing the social media rounds, were being supported, covertly, by certain Indian-origin members of the Canadian parliament.
The CM, he said, was of the firm view that such organisations and elements, which constituted a minuscule section of the Sikh population in Canada, needed to be handled with an iron fist, without leniency. These elements were bringing a bad name to the NRI Sikh community and diluting the latter’s contribution to the development and progress of the countries of their stay.
First Published: May 25, 2017 20:58 IST