On Monday, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said that there is no threat of terrorism in Punjab but government and people must be alert about it. He said that both center and state government are taking full action to prevent any kind of violence in the state.
While talking to media at a function at the Mamun Cantonment, Army Chief said, “There is not much threat (of terrorism) in Punjab, but we need to be alert about it. It is better to be alert than to allow things”.
Rawat said, “The union government is taking full action on this. We are fully aware of what is happening. Punjab Chief Minister (Amarinder Singh) is particularly concerned about this. He is taking direct action to ensure that this kind of violence does not spread in the state of Punjab”.
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General Rawat warned that outsiders will instigate the violence and called on people of Punjab to not allow any kind of violence to spread in the state.
He said, “The people of Punjab will ensure that violence will not spread. They are the ones who will quell the insurgency. While outsiders will attempt (to instigate violence), the people are very strong”.
A US based organization and separatist group, Sikhs for Justice, and pro-Khalistan leaders raising voice for 2020 referendum to make Punjab an independent state. Threats were also issued by Sikhs for Justice (SJF) to Army Chief, regarding to that he said that he was not bothered by them.
He said, “Who is the Army chief? The Army chief is a nominated person who becomes the chief. He is not an individual. You take away one chap, the next person will come. The policy on terrorism will not change”.