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Haryana seeks 10 companies of para-military forces for INLD protest

IANS | Chandigarh |

The Haryana government has sought 10 additional companies of central paramilitary forces to maintain law and order during the July 10 highway blockade protest by opposition Indian National Lok Dal (INLD).

Haryana Director General of Police B S Sandhu told media here on Friday that 10 additional companies of paramilitary forces have been sought from the central government in view of the call given by the INLD to stop Punjab vehicles from entering Haryana on July 10 (Monday).

The INLD protest is over the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue.

Sandhu, who attended a meeting here on Friday of top civil and police officers of Haryana and Punjab to review security arrangements for the INLD protest, said that at present orders have been issued for four companies of para-military forces and, if required, more such companies would be sought.

Home Secretaries and DGPs of both states discussed the issue in detail so as to ensure that commuters do not face any inconvenience. Sandhu said that there is a possibility of blocking the road at five or six places on Monday.

"Police has made adequate arrangements for the smooth flow of traffic. At the sensitive places, the police administration is fully vigilant and the agitation would be resolved peacefully," the he said.

He said that the INLD is planning to block roads at two places in Ambala district and one place each in Dabwali, Kaithal and Jind districts. 

Haryana's Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Ram Niwas said that proper law and order situation would be maintained in the state.

"It would also be ensured that people do not face any inconvience due to the proposed agitation," he said.