Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has slammed the Punjab government for failing to end the Qaumi Insaaf morcha’s protest going on since January 7.

The high court expressed dissatisfaction with the government’s arguments and observed that the state government has so far failed to take any concrete action to end this protest. Now the High Court has ordered the DGP to appear in person on the next hearing and file a reply on May 24.

While filing the petition, the Arrive Safe Society Chandigarh said that the Qaumi Insaf Morcha had blocked the Chandigarh-Mohali road for the release of Sikh prisoners for the past several months. During the hearing, the Punjab government said that all efforts were being made on their part to end the agitation.

The court said that on the previous hearing, the government was given time to resolve the matter but the government failed to do so. The government council said that due to concert efforts by the government, from 180 enacted tents now it has come down to 70 at the protest site. This movement will be ended soon and they should be given some more time in this matter.

The high court refused to give the government a long time in the matter and ordered it to submit a concrete reply on the next hearing. It also ordered the Punjab DGP to appear before the court on the next hearing.

On the last hearing, the court had said that they are confident that the government will be successful in ending the agitation peacefully. The court had said that this matter is sensitive but it should end soon. The protest has been going on for a very long time and it cannot be allowed to go on indefinitely.

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