Chandigarh, Oct 15 (UNI) Punjab Labour Minister Tikshan Sud today asked the police to take all possible steps to provide protection to citizens of the border state working here, in the wake of yesterday's blast at a Ludhiana Cinema that left six migrant labourers dead.
The Labour Minister had a detailed discussion with the Director General of Police (DGP) PS Aulakh after yesterday's blast that killed six migrant labourers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and injured 33.
District Labour Officers have also been issued instructions to identify the places where predominantly migrant labourers were working and forward these details to District Police Chiefs, so as to provide security cover to them.
The BJP Minister said yesterday's blast was clearly a terror attack and handiwork of terrorists having no religion. The blasts seemed to have been triggered with the sole purpose of creating communal disturbance in the state especially during the festival season, he added.
He said that Punjab Government was committed to dealing with the situation with a firm hand and maintain peace and harmony in the state.
Mr Sud said that Punjab after a decade-long spell of terrorism was moving on the path of accelerated development under the leadership of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.
The Ludhiana incident was an attempt by nefarious elements to scuttle the march of Punjab towards the path of development and progress and this would not be allowed, he added.