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“Political Clash, Not Communal”: Bhagwant Mann To NDTV On Patiala

"Every minute I am in touch and we will take strict action against those who were responsible," he said.New Delhi: The people of Punjab believe in peace and religious harmony…

“Every minute I am in touch and we will take strict action against those who were responsible,” he said.

New Delhi:

The people of Punjab believe in peace and religious harmony and the state government will not allow the situation in the state to deteriorate, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said, insisting that yesterday’s clashes in Patiala were political and not communal as reported earlier.

Speaking to NDTV, Mr Mann added that his government is taking all necessary steps, including confidence-building measures, to create harmony among the residents.

“The issue has been solved. There were few Shiv Sena members, and some from the BJP, their district head. On the other side, there were Shiromani Akali Dal workers. It was a clash between two political parties. It was not a communal clash,” Mr Mann said.

“Punjab people believe in peace and harmony. We will not allow any kind of polarisation in Punjab. We will not compromise on law and order situation. This is a border state. The situation is now normal in Patiala,” he added.

Mr Mann, who is in Delhi to attend the joint conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High Courts today, also countered criticism on not rushing back to Punjab to supervise the government action in the case.

“Every minute I am in touch and we will take strict action against those who were responsible. I have removed the police officials,” Mr Mann told NDTV.

This morning, Bhagwant Mann removed three top police officers – Inspector General of Police (Patiala Range), the Patiala Senior Superintendent of Police and the Superintendent of Police – over the police response to the violence.

A spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said Mukhwinder Singh Chinna has been appointed as the new IG-Patiala Range while Deepak Parik will be the new senior superintendent of police for Patiala.

Wazir Singh has been appointed as the new superintendent of police of Patiala.

A curfew that was imposed in the city at 7 pm yesterday was lifted at 6 am today but mobile internet and SMS services were blocked in the city to prevent rumor-mongering, officials said. All mobile internet and SMS services, except voice calls, will remain suspended in the district from 9:30 am till 6 pm, the state government said.

“Mobile internet services (2G/3G/4G/CDMA), all SMS services and  all dongle services etc provided on mobile networks except voice calls in the territorial jurisdiction of the District of  Patiala from 9:30 am to 6 pm on 30th April 2022.All Telecom Services providers in the State of Punjab and Head of BSNL (Punjab Jurisdiction) are hereby directed to ensure compliance of this order,” said the state government release.

The decision was taken by the government to prevent rumor-mongering, Patiala Deputy Commissioner was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

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