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Attack on Shiv Sena leader: Amritsar on high alert

After Shiv Sena leader Harvinder Soni was shot at in Gurdaspur on Sunday morning and rushed to a hospital here, the holy city was put on high alert.

punjab Updated: Apr 12, 2015 22:09 IST
Aseem Bassi
Aseem Bassi
Hindustan Times

After Shiv Sena leader Harvinder Soni was shot at in Gurdaspur on Sunday morning and rushed to a hospital here, the holy city was put on high alert.

Punjab director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini too rushed to Amritsar to take stock of the situation.

The DGP, who immediately went to Fortis Hospital to look into Soni’s health and met his kin, said: “The attack should not be seen as a ‘terrorist attack’ as the assailant is a ‘radical’, who had used a country-made weapon from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh.”

The DGP said apart from the assailant, Kashmir Singh, police detained one of his accomplices Inderpal Singh from Patiala.

The Punjab Police chief said, “As of now, maintaining peace is the top priority of police and the government and appropriate measures have been taken to ensure that no untoward incident takes place.”He added that police would review the security of Shiv Sena leaders if required so.

Police launch extensive search operations

Heavy deployment of police has been made outside Fortis Hospital, where Soni is admitted.
Suspecting strong retaliatory action, police personnel have been deployed at all entry points of the city and vehicles were being searched.

Besides, police conducted extensive checkings at Amritsar railway station and bus stand to check the presence of anti-social elements.

Apart from these, various hotels and serais (inns) near the Golden Temple were also being checked by police.

Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh told Hindustan Times: “We are taking the incident very seriously. Immediately after receiving information from Gurdaspur, the deployment of police forces increased in the city and at entry points.”

Police had conducted checking at the railway station and bus stand to ensure that no anti-social element was present in the city, Aulakh added.

Attack a failure of Punjab govt: Sena

Criticising the attack on Soni, Shiv Sena leaders led by Yograj Sharma said, “It is very unfortunate that the incident took place due to the failure of the Punjab government. We had several times given in writing to the state government that some of the Sena leaders were under threat, but it did not bother.”We want the government to ensure that no such incidents are repeated.

SAD-BJP will not allow situation to deteriorate’

Terming the incident unfortunate, BJP national secretary Tarun Chugh, who met Soni in the hospital, said: “The SAD-BJP government will not allow the atmosphere to deteriorate in Punjab at any cost. All efforts will be made to ensure peace.”

Chugh also assured family members of Soni that police had already nabbed a couple of persons and nobody involved in the attack would be spared.

First Published: Apr 12, 2015 22:05 IST