Patiala clashes: Top cops transferred, mobile internet services suspended; 3 FIRs registered | Ludhiana News

PATIALA: Taking preventive measures to control any further escalation of the Patiala clash incident that rocked Punjab on Friday, Sakshi Sawhney, the deputy commissioner, said the internet services in the district had been temporarily suspended from 9.30am to 6pm, on Saturday.
The orders have been issued by the principal secretary, home affairs and justice, Punjab.
All telecom services providers in the state and the head of BSNL (Punjab jurisdiction) have been directed to ensure compliance.
The decision has been taken to thwart the designs and activities of anti-national and anti-social groups and maintain peace and communal harmony and prevent any loss of life or damage to public or private property.
The order said that it had become necessary to take all necessary steps and measures to maintain law and order due to unavoidable circumstances in Patiala district in the public interest, by stopping the spread of misinformation and rumours through various social media platforms such as Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter etc. and SMS.
DC Sakshi said, “A lot of misinformation and rumour-mongering was spread yesterday. The internet services have been suspended but there is no need to panic as it is only an abundance of precautions being taken by the government. All of us should become responsible and maintain peace. The situation is under control and we have also called a peace committee meeting at 2pm”.
She added, “One person has been arrested. FIRs have been registered in three circumstances, including a cross-case registered against unknown persons, another case for an attack on the temple, and one case against Harish Singla of Shiv Sena (B-T). The cases have been registered under various sections and raids are being conducted to nab the accused involved in the case. No permission to any organisation has been given to take out any protest march for today and we would appeal to them to cooperate with us.”
Meanwhile, on the directions of Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann, the inspector general of police (IG) Patiala range, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Patiala and Superintendent of Police (SP) were transferred with immediate effect.
Divulging the details, a spokesperson of the chief minister’s office said, Mukhwinder Singh Chinna had been appointed as new IG Patiala while Deepak Parik and Wazir Singh had been appointed as new SSP and SP of Patiala, respectively.

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