The Punjab Police have released 197 people out of a total of 353 arrested under preventive sections of law who were rounded up in connection with the fugitive Amritpal Singh crackdown.
In a written statement, DGP Punjab, Gaurav Yadav stated, “Apart from the 353 persons arrested under preventive sections, 40 persons have been arrested under substantive criminal offences and seven persons have been detained under the National Security Act. In accordance with the directions of the chief minister, police authorities will review the status of persons arrested under substantive criminal offences by examining the available evidence and taking a positive approach.”
DGP Yadav said, “CM Bhagwant Mann has issued clear directions that the Punjab Police should adopt a positive approach while screening persons arrested on account of apprehension of breach of peace or in substantive criminal offences.”
He added that “directions have been issued to all Senior Superintendents of Police and Commissioners of Police in the state to ensure that no innocent person is harassed or arrested. The investigating officers and their supervisory officers should first examine the available evidence and satisfy themselves before undertaking any preventive arrest or arrest in substantive offences”.
The DGP appealed to the people of Punjab to “continue maintaining peace and harmony in the state and not to pay heed to fake news and rumours”.
The Punjab Police conducted flag marches, patrolling, set up naka-bandis (checkpoints) and maintained presence in the markets and other important locations in the state in order to keep any untoward incidents at bay.
The DGP asserted that the law and order situation is completely under control and totally stable while warning “strict action would be taken against persons spreading rumours and fake news”.