More forces for Punjab ahead of Operation Blue Star anniversary

Chandigarh, May 18 (KMS): Ten companies of Indian paramilitary forces would be deployed soon in Punjab to meet the security challenges ahead of the anniversary of Operation Blue Star.

Following a requisition by the state government, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has approved the deployment of additional force in the state.

It was in June, 1984, Indian army attacked the Sikh holiest place, Golden Temple, and massacred thousands of Sikhs including their spiritual leader Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale. The Indian army reduced the Sikhs’ holiest shrine to rubble.

DGP VK Bhawra said the additional security was required in view of the Operation Blue Star anniversary in the first week of June.

He insisted the requisition of forces was not made in the wake of the recent RPG attack in Mohali or for more such threats to the defence and police installations. “Usually, additional force is required to avoid any untoward incident in June during Ghalughara week,” he said.

The state police have nearly 80,000 personnel. The 10 companies will bring another about 1,000 personnel.