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Modernization of police more important than building roads: Badal
30 July 2015
DINANAGAR,30/July/2015 (ITNN)>>>> Waking up to the threat posed by terrorists following the attack on Dinanagar police station in Gurdaspur, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday emphasized the need to give more priority for modernizing police than
developmental works like building roads and bridges. We can wait for some more time for funds for building bridges and roads,but money for modernizing the police force must be released immediately,said Badal while talking to mediapersons here.

Badal was here to visit the police station, which was stormed by three heavily armed terrorists who killed seven people, including four cops, on Monday. Batting for liberal central assistance to modernize the police force, he said it was the need of the hour to equip the force with modern weapons. During the encounter with terrorists, cops were found short of bullet-proof vehicles, vests and helmets among others. They had to depend on Jammu and Kashmir police for equipment.

Lauding the role of policemen in showing exemplary courage to fight the terrorists, Badal said, "If the police force had not taken timely action, then the loss would have been manifold." The chief minister also asked the opposition parties to refrain from "politicizing" the issue of terrorist attack in Dinanagar. "It is highly deplorable that some political leaders are trying to get political mileage by politicizing the issue," he said. Badal also visited the houses of cops and civilians, who were killed in the attack.

Meanwhile, talking to media in Kapurthala, he defended the decision to allow Punjab Police to handle the anti-terror operation and said the mission has proved the capability of the force to deal with such situations at any point of time. He also said that the Army and paramilitary forces were meant for bigger operations. "If the situation warranted their involvement, the state government would not have hesitated from handing over the command," he said.

Slain SP cremated

Slain SP Baljit Singh was cremated with state honours here on Wednesday. Parkash Singh Badal,who met the family early in the morning, said the state government was duty bound to extend all help to the family and there was no question of any hassles for the family. Our government would ever be at the family's beck and call and leave no stone unturned to help them in this hour of grief,he said.

I understand it's a huge loss, but instead of grieving his demise, you should feel proud of his martyrdom as he saved thousands of innocent lives by laying down his life for a greater cause," he told the family. On Tuesday the SP's family had refused to cremate him demanding government jobs for his children. However, later they agreed for cremation after senior police officials met the family.