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‘Curfew in Punjab not enforced’

As the Centre sent troops to end the turmoil in five districts of Punjab, a spillover of the shootout at a Vienna gurdwara, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram joined Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in appealing for peace in the state.
None | By HT Political Bureau, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2009 12:47 AM IST

As the Centre sent troops to end the turmoil in five districts of Punjab, a spillover of the shootout at a Vienna gurdwara, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram joined Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in appealing for peace in the state.

He also told the Akali Dal-led state government to strictly enforce the curfew that has been imposed.

“The situation is not quite normal. The state government has imposed curfew in affected areas but our information is that curfew isn’t being enforced,” Chidambaram (63) said.

He, however, emphasised with the Punjab government and said it should be given time to curb the violence.

“We have provided 14 companies (1,400 personnel) of paramilitary forces. They are in place since early morning. Eleven more (1,100 personnel) are moving,” Chidambaram said.

“Whatever the provocation, it is important to maintain peace and harmony... Sikhism preaches tolerance.”

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