INLD PLANS TO RE­LEASE 20,000 BLACK BAL­LOONS OVER RALLY: COPS IS­SUE WARN­ING

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - PUNJAB & HARYANA -

JIND : Po­lice have warned op­po­si­tion lead­ers against re­leas­ing black bal­loons over BJP na­tional pres­i­dent Amit Shah’s rally venue on Thurs­day. The INLD have threat­ened to leave 20,000 black bal­loons as a protest against non-com­ple­tion of the SYL canal and other is­sues.

Hisar range IGP San­jay Ku­mar said he had spo­ken to ex­perts who said such form of protest could cause se­cu­rity trou­ble for Shah’s chop­per and should not be car­ried out at any cost. He said the po­lice have warned the pro­test­ers to not go ahead with this form of protest.

Ear­lier, chief min­is­ter Manohar Lal Khat­tar said he was sur­prised to see op­po­si­tion par­ties launch­ing protests against their rally. “I think this is the first time in coun­try’s his­tory that po­lit­i­cal par­ties are protesting against rally of a po­lit­i­cal party. In a democ­racy, ev­ery party has the right to hold a rally,” he said.

AAP state pres­i­dent Naveen Jai­hind ac­cused the BJP of turn­ing Haryana into Kash­mir with de­ploy­ment of armed forces at an in­ter­val of ev­ery three months. Jai­hind said the state had de­clared emer­gency for one rally and put cit­i­zens’ safety at risk.

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