Chandigarh, Mar 26 : Taking cognizance of reports of excesses against citizens for the enforcement of the curfew in the state, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday directed the Punjab Police to be more humane and sensitive in dealing with violations. Urging the police personnel to exercise maximum restraint in the difficult situation, the Chief Minister asked them to find more compassionate ways of handling curfew violations, especially in cases of individuals found moving out for essentials. Use of corporal means to punish violators could not be allowed, said Capt Amarinder, directing DGP Dinkar Gupta to take all possible steps to sensitise the police personnel and warn them against taking the law into their hands in dealing with cases of curfew violation.
He also appealed to the people to stay at home and reach out to police and civil administration through helpline numbers etc in case of emergency. All efforts were being made to provide doorstep delivery of essential goods and services, he said, adding that the entire police and civil administration was working day and night to ensure that the citizens do not face any inconvenience or hardship.
Capt Amarinder also took note of reports of a recorded telephonic message purported to have been released by Gurpatwant Singh Pannu of the Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), and said any attempt by him or anyone else to provoke the youth of Punjab to violate the curfew would not be tolerated. It was obvious that Pannu did not care about the lives of Punjabis, he said, reacting to Pannu’s message, in which he had also reportedly warned him (Capt Amarinder) and DGP Dinkar Gupta of serious consequences of any action against violators of the curfew. (UNI)