Punjab Govt To Restore Security Of VIPs Days After Sidhu Moosewala's Murder

Just a day before Sidhu Moosewala's murder, the Punjab government had revoked the security of some prominent people in the state.

By Subhasish Dutta
Updated: Thu, 02 Jun 2022 06:25 PM IST
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Punjab Govt To Restore Security Of VIPs Days After Sidhu Moosewala's Murder

Chandigarh | Jagran News Desk: The Bhagwant Mann-led AAP government in Punjab on Thursday said that it will restore the security cover of 400 VIPs, days after famed singer and Congress leader Sidhu Moosewala - whose security was also trimmed - was shot dead.

The state government told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the security of all the prominent people will be restored on June 7.

The high court was hearing a petition by former minister OP Soni, whose security was also curtailed.

Moosewala was on May 29 while he was driving his SUV near his village in the state's Mansa district. Just a day before Moosewala's murder, the Punjab government had revoked the security of 424 prominent people in the state.

Following Moosewala's killing, the AAP government in Punjab has been drawing a lot of flak for its move to curtail the security of the VIPs.

The government decision on restoration of the security came to light during the resumed hearing before the bench of Justice Raj Mohan Singh.

In a previous hearing, the court had asked the government to bring relevant material in a sealed cover to explain the basis on which it had withdrawn or pruned the security of the protectees.

The court was hearing a petition filed by former Deputy Chief Minister OP Soni through counsel Madhu Dayal. Soni sought the quashing of order of de-categorising his security from "Z" and the withdrawal of security personnel.

After the government withdrew half of his security cover, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh last week said he asked his office to send the remaining security personnel to the government as he "does not need" them.

At the same time, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) deployed its armed men in the security of the jathedar, who had asked Sikhs to keep a licensed weapon in view of the "uncertain times".

(With IANS inputs)

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