Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal responded to a reporter’s question on the protests against Akali Dal overseas particularly Canada and USA. He condemned the protests and he stated the people overseas don’t understand the situation in Punjab.
He went onto say Punjab suffered in the past and the government will maintain peace and harmony.
Situation in Hassanpur:
Meanwhile, the police set up checkpoints around Hasanpur, where the Central Reserve Police Force personnel have been deployed since Sunday, to prevent Khalsa’s supporters from entering. The supporters, most of who are camping outside the village, 15 km from Ludhiana, since Saturday braved the rain and raised slogans on Monday morning.
The police on Sunday removed stacks of petrol bottles, tyres and bricks from Khalsa’s house. Later, senior police and administration officials held meetings with Khalsa and explained to him “facts” about Sikh prisoners in jails across Punjab and outside the state and why they cannot be released prematurely. HT
Earlier today, Bapu Surat Singh’s home was raided by police and many Singhs were arrested. Bapu Surat Singh was taken to Ludhiana Civil Hospital where he decided he will not be taking water.
Badal’s response to protests: