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Punjab remains tense, CM asks for troops from Centre

As the situation remains tense in Punjab for the fourth consecutive day in the wake of clashes between followers of Sachcha Sauda Dera and Sikh, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today sought 5,000 personnel of central forces to be deployed in sensitive areas in the State.

Chandigarh, May 17 : As the situation remains tense in Punjab for the fourth consecutive day in the wake of clashes between followers of Sachcha Sauda Dera and Sikh, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today sought 5,000 personnel of central forces to be deployed in sensitive areas in the State.

This was decided after the Chief Minister convened a high-level meeting of top officials of the State.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister's office has clarified there have been no orders for a crackdown on 'Deras,' or Sikh religious groups like Dera Sacha Sauda.

"I do not know where this rumour has started... because the police chief, the police chief, the Director General Of Police, the Home Secretary, the Chief Secretary are in a meeting, so was I," said Harcharan Bains, media advisor to the Chief Minister.

"No instructions have gone, neither to the effect that 'Deras' (religious groups) should be vacated, nor to the effect that the Gurudwaras (Sikh temples) should be vacated. The misunderstanding has been created by the fact that the police is trying amicably to persuade the crowd to disperse... from both sides," he added.

However, Badal blamed the opposition Congress Party, for causing unrest in the State.

"Whenever the Congress is in opposition, it tries to create unrest. I have brought this to the notice of the Prime Minister and asked him to take action against errant party cadre," he told a news conference in Chandigarh.

Earlier in the day, Sikh congregation called by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC) and Akal Takht decided for a social boycott of Dera Sacha Sauda for the "blasphemous" act of publishing an advertisement depicting their leader in clothes similar to that worn by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs.

Their meeting at Talwandi Sabo near Bathinda was summoned by Akal Takht head priest Joginder Singh Vedanti. Sikh religious leaders said that a case will be registered against Dera Sacha Sauda.

Sikhs are angered over an advertisement in local newspapers earlier this week showing the head of a breakaway sect - Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of Dera Sacha Sauda - in attire akin to that of Guru Gobind Singh. The Sikhs described it as an act of blasphemy.

"If this incident is given political colours then all factions of Sikhs will oppose it," said Rupinder Singh Khalsa, a Sikh leader.

"Whatever Saccha Sauda leader has done, it has given a big blow to the entire community. We will not tolerate this. All Sikhs across the country are very angry with this," said Rachpal Singh, another Sikh leader.

Meanwhile, the groups, which are sympathetic to Dera Sacha Sauda, who consider that they have committed no mistake, are meeting at Sirsa.

On Wednesday, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and apprised him of the situation in the State.

Badal urged the Prime Minister to use his stature and good office to dissuade those trying to inflame passions.

He also apprised the Prime Minister of the fact that despite highly delicate situation, the Punjab Government was successful in maintaining peace throughout the state and localising the problem.

Hundreds of Sikhs clashed with followers of Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh across Punjab, accusing them of insulting the larger Sikh community deliberately. Dozens of people, including policemen were injured in violence since Monday.

ANI

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