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Sunday, 20 September 2020

Wary of Pipli repeat, govt asks officials to exercise restraint

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 19

Even as farmers across the state are gearing up for the statewide road blockade on Sunday on a call given by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) against the three controversial farm Bills, the state government on Saturday told Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police to deal with protesters with "tact and patience".

In view of the lathicharge by the police on protesting farmers in Pipli on September 11, the state government has decided to exercise "restrain" this time.

Control room set up

  • Executive magistrates have been told to stay put in their districts
  • Dctors to remain in hospitals for prompt treatment of injured protesters, if any
  • A control room at the Home Secretary's office has been set up
  • A number 0172-2711925 released for any kind of assistance

Vijai Vardhan, Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department, has written to all Divisional Commissioners, IGs, DCs, Commissioners of Police and SPs to ensure that the protesters should not be allowed to take law into their hands and take prompt action against those found to be indulging in violence.

"If required, Deputy Commissioners and Senior Superintendents of Police can reach out to organisers and ensure a peaceful protest," Vardhan said in his letter to officials.

The district officers have been told to divert traffic in case a road or highway is blocked.

Executive magistrates have been told to stay put in their districts. The government has also directed Civil Surgeons to ensure that doctors remained present in hospitals in full strength for prompt treatment of injured protesters, if any.

Ambulances, along with doctors, para medical staff and the police, will be stationed on highways where a large gathering is expected.

A control room at the Home Secretary's office has been set up. A telephone number 0172-2711925 has been released for any kind of assistance on Sunday.



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