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Monday, May 28, 2007

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Dera StandoffSecurity review after May 31

Tribune News Service

Sikhs protest against the Punjab government and Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti after the bhog ceremony on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar
Salabatpura (Bathinda), May 27To rule out the possibility of any untoward incident in this village following a call given by Akal Takht that all deras being run by the Sacha Sauda sect be vacated by May 27, the police was put on maximum alert, apart from declaring this village sensitive.
Senior civil and police officials, including deputy commissioner Rahul Bhandari, DIG, Faridkot range, Jatinder Jain and SSP Nau Nihal Singh camped in the village for the whole day to ensure that no unpleasant happening took place. Media persons were allowed to enter the village only after establishing their identities.
The district police authorities had also asked the followers of the Sacha Sauda sect camping at the local branch of the dera to deposit firearms, if any, at the police stations concerned. The SSP said 300 licensed weapons had already been taken into possession.
He further said the matter in connection with the carrying of firearms by the followers of the sect into the dera was also discussed at the meeting of senior officials of the BSF and Punjab Police held recently.
Nau Nihal Singh pointed out that the security cover to the local branch of the dera would be reviewed on May 31 as per the threat perception.
He added that the district police authorities would then make its recommendations to the state government in connection with the security aspect.

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