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Punjab authorises DGP to impose curfew if situation warrants

Chandigarh: With a special CBI court expected to deliver its verdict in a case involving Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday authorised the state DGP to impose curfew, if necessary, to maintain law and order.
Interacting with mediapersons after a cabinet meeting here, the Chief Minister said that the Western Command of the Indian Army was on standby to tackle any eventuality arising out of the judgement, expected on Friday afternoon.
The chief minister said that he had authorised the state Director General of Police (DGP) to take any decision he deemed fit, including imposition of curfew if needed, in order to ensure the safety and security of the people.
The entire police force was keeping a tight vigil to maintain peace and tranquillity in the state, said chief minister Singh, who is personally monitoring the situation.
Any attempt to foment trouble in the state will be dealt with an iron hand, he said, adding that a security blanket had been put in place across the state.
Police personnel on the ground, under the supervision of senior officers, were maintaining strict vigil, particularly in the sensitive districts of the state. The chief minister said that he had directed security forces to be prepared to respond sternly to any attempt to disrupt peace.
Over 12,000 Punjab Police personnel were on the ground, along with 85 companies of paramilitary forces, to secure the state, he added.
Recruits who are still under training had also been called out and deployed to strengthen the security, he said.
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