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Don’t bend under political pressure: Punjab CM to police

By, Jalandhar
Jan 01, 2022 01:57 AM IST

Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Friday asked state police personnel not to bend under political pressure while registering cases and ensure transparency to build trust among the masses

Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Friday asked state police personnel not to bend under political pressure while registering cases and ensure transparency to build trust among the masses.

(From left) Punjab Armed Police (PAP) DGP Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota, Punjab DGP Siddharth Chattopadhyay, chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi, deputy chief minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and Amritsar MLA Raj Kumar Verka at the PAP headquarters in Jalandhar on Friday. (HT Photo)
(From left) Punjab Armed Police (PAP) DGP Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota, Punjab DGP Siddharth Chattopadhyay, chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi, deputy chief minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and Amritsar MLA Raj Kumar Verka at the PAP headquarters in Jalandhar on Friday. (HT Photo)

“You should decide from your soul whether any person is at fault or not while registering the FIR. An innocent person should have to not spend even an hour in the police station, while the culprits must not be spared,” Channi said, while interacting with police personnel at the Punjab Armed Police (PAP) headquarters in Jalandhar.

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“The will to empower police officials is needed. The government’s backing is needed to act against big criminals. I had also urged asked former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh in this regard,” he said.

Deputy chief minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, who holds the home portfolio, acting director general of police Siddharth Chattopadhyaya and PAP DGP Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota were present as the chief minister heard out the police personnel.

Channi announced a revised uniform allowance for police personnel, free travel in public transport, risk allowance for personnel working in bomb disposal wings, increased diet money for personnel playing sports from 150 to 250 a day; 250 new vehicles for the police department; and 1 crore for renovating the PAP sports ground. He said the Punjab government will set up a police Sanjh Kendra at the international airports in Amritsar and Chandigarh.

‘Criminals wet their pants on seeing Punjab Police’

While hailing the police’s work during the terrorism days, Channi said, “Criminals and those having a criminal mindset wet their pants on seeing Punjab Police. Now, I am the chief minister and if anyone speaks against my officers, then it would be direct attack on me and my government.”

Earlier in his address, deputy chief minister Randhawa hailed the Punjab Police for rendering exemplary service to the nation. He said that no stone will be left unturned for the well being of the Punjab cops.

Channi later visited Guru Ravidass Dham and Lubana welfare bhawan in Jalandhar city, where he handed over the cheques of over 1 crore and 51 lakh, respectively.

He also visited Dera Sachkhand Ballan in Jalandhar where he announced to establish a state-of-the-art research centre at a cost of 50 crore and presented a cheque of 25 crore for the purpose.

The Punjab CM also announced the formation of Guru Ravidass Bani Adhiyan Kendra Prabandhak committee to be headed by Sant Niranjan Dass, head of Dera Ballan. Punjab chief minister, secretary tourism and Jalandhar deputy commissioner would be the government’s representatives in the committee.

CM’s principal secy attends function in Banga amid buzz over contesting polls

Charanjit Singh Channi’s principal secretary Hussan Lal presided over a football tournament at Bharomajra in SBS Nagar’s Banga on Friday evening amid the buzz that he will contest the upcoming elections on a Congress ticket. Lal hails from SBS Nagar and is set to retire from the service by next year.

He reiterated firm commitment of the state government to ensuring comprehensive development of Banga and said projects worth 132 crore were already underway in the area.

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    A staff correspondent, based in Jalandhar covers Doaba Region of Punjab. Reports about Punjab Police, Enforcement Directorate, politics, corruption, legal, rural areas, socio-economic issues and technical education besides having specialisation in the investigative stories.

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