CHANDIGARH: On the directions of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Law & Order Arpit Shukla on Wednesday held a meeting with Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the desecration and fire incident at a Church in Tarn Taran. Later, the ADGP along with the SIT members also visited the crime spot to discuss the status of the investigation so far.

Pertinently, a three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ferozepur Range comprising SSP Tarn Taran and SP Investigation Tarn Taran as its members, was constituted to ensure an effective and speedy investigation into the desecration and fire incident at a Church in village Thakarpura of Tarn Taran. The incident took place on the intervening night of August 30 and 31.

ADGP Arpit Shukla, while addressing the media outside the Church, showed satisfaction over the ongoing investigation by the SIT and said that the accused persons will be held soon. “The investigation is on the right track. Culprits will be behind the bars soon and strict punitive action against them will be ensured,” he reiterated.

Notably, the Chief Minister had directed the DGP Gaurav Yadav to minutely probe into this incident, which is a handiwork of the forces inimical to the peace, prosperity, and progress of the state. In connection with the incident, the FIR no. 148 dated 31-8-2022 had been registered under sections 295-A, 452, 427, and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 25 of the Arms Act at Sadar Patti Police Station in Tarn Taran.



ADGP Arpit Shukla has also visited the International Border of India-Pakistan to hold a meeting with the Officers of the Border Security Force (BSF) to discuss strategies to counter the Drone operations at Punjab borders, which have emerged as a new threat to the National Security horizon.

Giving a call for total synergy and teamwork between BSF and Punjab Police, the ADGP assured full support to the BSF and said that it was high time that both the elite forces should work as one team. He also asked the BSF officials to share sector-wise inputs on movements of suspected persons with the Punjab Police so that they can keep a sharp vigil on their activities and ensure penal action against those found involved in any criminal activity.

ADGP Arpit Shukla also directed the SSPs of the Border Districts to strengthen Police CheckPoints, especially at night, at the Second Line of Defence in their respective jurisdictions and ensure checking of maximum vehicles at every Naka, which will help in curtailing the terrorist and criminal activities. He also advised that all the Nakas should be synchronised in a manner that they must get activated promptly on a single call.

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