Dera chief attack: Badal says situation under control

Last Updated: Mon, May 25, 2009 20:15 hrs

Chandigarh: Asserting the situation in the state was under control, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday said the violence sparked by the killing of a Sikh sect leader in Austria was confined only to a few pockets in Jalandhar and neighbouring areas.

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"The situation is normal. There is no violence at this moment. Some incidents which took place today were limited to a few pockets, mostly in Jalandhar," he told a joint press conference with his son and Deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal here.

The Chief Minister said one person was killed in a shooting incident in Jalandhar's  Lambra village while seven were injured in violence elsewhere in the state since Sunday night.

Strongly condemning the killing of Sant Rama Nand infighting between rival Sikh communities in Austrian capital Vienna, he said his government would leave no stone unturned in restoring calm in the state.

"We have already deployed 40 armed battalions of the Punjab Armed Police to deal with the situation. We have also sought 25 companies of para-military forces from the Centre," Badal said.

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"Army has been asked to stand by and will be called out whenever required. Army has conducted flag marches in parts of Jalandhar to instill a sense of confidence among people," he said.

Badal said his government would recommend to the Election Commission to defer the Nurmahal assembly by-election slatedfor May 28 as the segment falls in trouble-torn Jalandhar. 

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