Punjab Chief Minister: No UAPA misuse, Akalis inciting youth - ECAS Punjab

Punjab Chief Minister: No UAPA misuse, Akalis inciting youth

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Chandigarh, July 29

Taking strong exception to the so-called "warning" by Sukhbir Singh Badal on recent arrests under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today said he would do everything under the law to protect the security and integrity of Punjab and of the nation. He said the SAD president's "threats" could not deter him from ensuring the safety of his people.

'Baseless charge '

If there are any specific instances of wrongful arrests, Sukhbir should send me a list instead of making unnecessary noise. — Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister

There was no question of falsely implicating anyone, he said, urging the SAD chief to refrain from playing into the hands of separatists by trying to incite the state's youth, especially Sikhs, against the police force.

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Sukhbir Badal , SAD Chief

'Don't target sikhs'

The CM's reaction is a reproduction of the old Indira Gandhi narrative and statements against the community, describing every Sikh youth as a potential terrorist.

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Pointing out that UAPA had been in existence for long, the Chief Minister reminded Sukhbir that under the SAD-BJP regime, more than 60 cases under the Act were registered in Punjab. Of the 225 individuals arrested in these cases, 120 were acquitted or discharged, indicating that indiscriminate application of the UAPA had in fact been done by the Akalis, he alleged. — TNS



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