DW Bureau / Chandigarh
In view of the intelligence inputs regarding possible violence and threat to the life of top Akali leaders, The Punjab Government has banned the Shiromani Akali Dal’s Pol Khol Rally which was scheduled to be held in Faridkot on Sunday. This decision was probably conveyed to the SAD supremo Parkash Singh Badal today morning after a team of police officers arrived at the venue and informed the Akalis about the Government’s decision.
A top police officer informed Daily World that there are strong inputs regarding the hardliners planning to attack some important leaders of the Akali Dal and also resort to violence. The State Police is seized of the matter and the concerned leaders have been briefed about the probable threats accordingly.
While the State Police have received inputs from various agencies regarding the violence and threat to some prominent Akali leaders from the hardliner groups, the Akali leaders denounced the decision of the State Government.
“Instead of banning the rally after a successful rally in Abohar few days ago, the State Government should have apprehended those who could create law and order situation in Faridkot. This is shear abdication of the State’s responsibility. The Government is unnerved by the success of the previous rally organised in Abohar and thus has chosen this route to stop the Akalis from holding the next rally in Faridkot,” said Harcharan Singh Bains, Media Adviser to former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.