New Delhi: As per media reports Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh demanded to prepare a comprehensive strategy to deal with the “re-emergence of militancy” in Punjab.
During his the 30-minute meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the CM apprised Rajnath of the law and order situation in Punjab, including issues related to attempts to create disturbance through targeted killings.
According to The Tribune, Capt Amarinder suggested strengthening of the intelligence apparatus, besides action against handlers based in Canada, UK, US, Italy and Germany, who were actively engaged in activities for the revival of militancy.
The Home Minister assured the CM to look into the state’s demands under the Modernisation of Police Force (MPF) Scheme. Citing the state’s security concerns, Capt Amarinder reiterated the demand for Central assistance to modernise the force, a spokesperson for the state government said.
He sought the allocation of additional funds to Punjab under the MPF Scheme for “strengthening of the State Special Branch “ for various law and order challenges being faced by the state, such as proxy war, trans-border terrorism and infiltration of drugs, weapons and explosives.
During the discussion, Capt Amarinder said a number of targeted killings had taken place over the past one-and-a-half years.
He underlined the need to counter “activities on social media” aimed at disturbing peace and stability in the state. He put forth his opinion before the Home Minister that strengthening the state government’s “Connect with Your Roots” programme would also help in controlling such activities.
The CM appreciated the support being provided by the Central agencies in probing targetted killings.