Vigil stepped up in Punjab, no need to panic: CM

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Chandigarh, Oct 15 (UNI) Vigil has been stepped up throughout Punjab in view of the festive season and the security measures further tightened in places usually thronged by revellers.

The Punjab Governor Gen. (Retd.) S F Rodrigues, directed the senior officers to tighten vigil at important public places, to check any untoward incident in the Union Territory of Chandigarh following last night's blast in Shingar Cinema in Ludhiana.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, after visiting the injured persons in Ludhiana hospitals, said that law and order would be maintained in the state at all costs and the state government had asked the police to keep strict vigil at all the religious and other public places.

Saying that this was an ''isolated'' incident, Mr Badal appealed to the people not to panic because of the blast and maintain communal harmony and peace. '' The first priority of the Government was to ensure maintenance of peace and brotherhood in the state,'' he stressed.

According to police sources, all the senior police officials have been asked to ensure intensification of police patrolling specially in view of Ram Leelas drawing crowds in sprawling public grounds.

To ensure that no untoward incident takes place, district police chiefs have been directed to take extra precautionary measures at crowded areas including marriage palaces, railway stations, bus stands and other public places.

It has been stressed that no public meetings or gatherings should be allowed without proper permission and all safety measures must be taken where such events were allowed.

Meanwhile, a reports from Moga said that in view of the directives, DIG police Ferozepur Range Ishwar Chander visited Firozepur, Moga and Muktsar districts and reviewed the law and order situation.

SSP, Hoshiarpur, Anita Punj told reporters that the Deputy Inspector General of Police, (Jalandhar Range) had called a meeting of all the SSPs and the security at all the public places has been tightened and patrolling intensified.

In addition, the public was also being made aware about not touching unclaimed packets and contacting police in case of any suspicious development in their area.

UNI

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