Punjab

CM for strong measure to curb increasing crime in Punjab

July 17, 2017 08:02 PM

Chandigarh: Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday took a strong note of the killing of a pastor in Ludhiana and ordered the police to act against those trying to incite communal passions in the state. He asked Punjab DGP Suresh Arora that the police and intelligence in the state to co-ordinate with each other to ensure prevention of recurrence of such incidents in the future, an official spokesperson said.

Amarinder pointed out that he had already taken up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the matter of expediting CBI probes into cases of other targeted killings, including of RSS, Hindu and Shiv Sena leaders in the past.

The chief minister called up the family of Sultan Masih, who was shot dead by two motorcycle borne assailants, to convey his condolences over the tragedy and promised strong action against the culprits.

The DGP has been directed take all possible steps to ensure law and order is maintained in the state and the communal harmony is not disrupted.

Attempts to vitiate the state's environment would not be tolerated at any cost, Amarinder said on Sunday , warning of strict action against any police officer found guilty of dereliction of duty in this connection.

Given the sensitivity of the incident in which pastor Sultan Masih was shot dead by two unidentified motorcycle  borne assailants, the chief minister has asked the police to closely monitor the situation to prevent any fallout, the spokesman said. He also asked the police to coordinate with local Christian leaders for support in defusing the situation resulting from the killing.

Masih was shot dead by two bike-borne assailants at Salem Tabri locality in Ludhiana late Saturday night. Amarinder pointed out that he had already taken up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the matter of expediting CBI probes into cases of other targeted killings, including of RSS, Hindu and Shiv Sena leaders in the past.

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