A day after the Supreme Court asked Haryana and Punjab to maintain law and order situation in the wake of INLD’s (Indian National Lok Dal) proposed march to start digging the Sutlej-Yamuna link canal, massive security arrangements have been made to keep the situation under control.
Ten companies of paramilitary forces and nearly 5,000 policemen have been deployed by Punjab near villages along the border with Haryana to stop the intruders into the state.
Barricades have been put up at the main entry points from Haryana from where the INLD workers are expected to enter Punjab to dig the canal.
Police personnel have been deployed in large numbers at Shambu toll barrier and Sarala headworks at the border with Haryana.
INLD, Haryana’s main opposition party, is holding its “Jal Yudh Sammelan” and has asked its workers to gather at Ambala and march inside Punjab to start digging the SYL canal.
Senior INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala is leading the march towards Kapuri in Patiala to dig the SYL canal.
In the battle for water, Chautala vowed to “fight for their right as the Supreme Court has given its verdict on the water issue in Haryana’s favour”.
According to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal the state “does not have a single drop of water to spare” for any other state as its farmers are facing an acute water shortage.
Keeping the apex court’s order in mind where it had asked both states of Punjab and Haryana to maintain law and order “at any cost”, the state government is taking no chances.
Section 144 of CrPC, prohibiting the assembly of five or more persons, has also been imposed and five duty magistrates have been stationed in the area.
A senior Punjab Police official said aerial surveillance will also be conducted to keep an eye on the situation.
“All possible measures have been taken. Forces are ready to tackle any situation,” said Punjab’s DGP Suresh Arora.
Punjab Police also decided not to allow the workers of All-India Sikh Students Federation, which announced to stop INLD workers from entering Punjab, to reach Kapuri or the Shambu border.
Haryana DGP K P Singh, ADGP R C Mishra and senior administration and police officers visited the Punjab-Haryana border to take stock of the situation.
Mishra said nearly 1,000 personnel of the state police are monitoring situation in Ambala City and on the NH-1.
(With inputs from PTI)