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Formulate national security policy to guide the nation in one direction: Vohra

Randhawa called upon to wipe out narcotics, drug trafficking from Punjab

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During the memorial lecture, Vohra said Gill was able Police administrator, courageous and has played a historic role in rooting out militancy from the state. Vohra said country needs a dedicated ministry to effectively manage national security in the wake of complex challenges posing to our nation. He suggested to constitute special forces in all the states to deal with the problem of national security. He emphasised that personnel from special force should be specially trained as lawlessness by vigilante groups like cow slaughter brigade causes social tension thereby affects national security. He added that lawless agitation by pressure groups divide the society and wastes our resources. Former bureaucrat Vohra said incidents of lawlessness created by few self-styled gurus should be under scanner, adding he said inter community tensions in society could also explode to become a national security problem.

Expressing his views Vohra said Police is the first line of defence and should be firm in response to a situation to maintain public order otherwise it could at any stage grow to a bigger security problem.

Recalling towering contributions by KPS Gill and other Police officers for uprooting the militancy from Punjab Cooperation and Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said Punjab Police has done commendable job for eliminating terrorism from the state. He added that Gill led the police from front to maintain peace and integrity of the country and personally supervised the operations against terrorists in the state. He called upon the police officers to eliminate narcotics and drug trafficking from the state like the force uprooted militancy from the state. Cooperation Minister also advised for holding such seminars in each district to make aware the people about the contribution of police for maintain peace and harmony. During the question-answers session DGP Punjab Suresh Arora expressed concern at Pakistan and foreign based groups giving covert and overt support to terrorists affecting Punjab internal security. On Ajay Sahni's reasons of worsening situation in Jammu and Kashmir Mr Vohra replied that Pakistan would never leave its proxy war in the state.

Ex Minister Punjab Laxmi Kanta Chawla talked about policemen who are in litigation and fighting their cases in dealing with terrorism and are paid less in the initial stages of induction in the job. DGP Chandigarh Sanjay Beniwal talked about importance of public order rather than law and order in work culture on which Mr Vohra stated that new police act must be implemented in letter and spirit. Ex home minister Punjab, Brij Bhupinder Singh Lalli talked about threat from flying of drones and the loans taken by Punjab during terrorism are not being waived off by centre. Presenting his views on Randhawa' question how to minimize political pressure in police functioning Vohra said command and control system in police hierarchy should be maintained and no direct orders to field officers should be given by the authority in dispensation.

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