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SYL protest: RAF deployed in Punjab, Haryana border sealed, vigil up on NH-1

Apprehending law and order problem in the coming days over the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue, the Punjab Police has deployed the Rapid Action Force (RAF) in parts of the state, sealed its border with Haryana and increased patrolling on the National Highway-1.

punjab Updated: Nov 13, 2016 12:02 IST
Vishal Rambani
Vishal Rambani
Hindustan Times
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our RAF companies, each comprising 175 personnel, have been deployed at Rajpura, Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib and Mohali. (HT Photo)

Apprehending law and order problem in the coming days over the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue, the Punjab Police has deployed the Rapid Action Force (RAF) in parts of the state, sealed its border with Haryana and increased patrolling on the National Highway-1.

Inspector general of police, Patiala range, Paramraj Singh on Saturday told HT that four RAF companies, each comprising 175 personnel, have been deployed at Rajpura, Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, and Mohali.

“While Rajpura-based RAF company will keep tabs on the situation at Kapuri, the birth place of SYL canal, and Shambu barrier on the Punjab-Haryana border, another company has been stationed at the Patiala police lines to be deputed anywhere in Patiala and Sangrur districts,” he said.

The RAF company at Fatehgarh Sahib will monitor the movement on the NH-1 and the SYL canal area in Ropar. The fourth company has been stationed at Mohali to handle any eventuality in the area.

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“We have sealed all entry points on Punjab-Haryana borders. Police vigil has been enhanced on various points to check entry of mischievous elements to prevent any attack on vehicles coming from Haryana,” the IG said.

He said all precautionary measures have been taken and the police are ready to tackle any situation.

Notably, the Punjab cabinet has called an emergency session of Vidhan Sabha on November 16, where the state government may decide to stop the existing flow of water to Haryana, by passing a legislation. This can lead to a law and order problem, police sources said.

They said Punjab has retained 10 companies of central forces, including four of RAF, which were called ahead of the proposed November 10 Sarbat Khalsa congregation by Sikh radicals, which was later cancelled.

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Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) continued its morcha in protest against the Supreme Court verdict on the SYL issue at Kapuri.

AAP leaders at the morcha site criticised chief minister Parkash Singh Badal for not seeking intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resolve the issue.

“Instead of writing a letter to the President, Badal should have approached the Prime Minister as the President acts only on the advice of the council of ministers,” said Dr Balbir Singh, Patiala district in-charge of AAP.

“Why is he (Badal) shying away from taking up the issue with the PM strongly to make him understand the situation about availability of water in Punjab,” he added.

First Published: Nov 13, 2016 11:58 IST