Attempts being made through ‘external linkages’ to ‘revive’ insurgency in Punjab: Army chief

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: November 3, 2018 6:33:58 pm

“Punjab has been peaceful but because of these external linkages, attempts again are being made to revive insurgency in the state,” Army chief said, adding, “we have to be very careful.”

Attempts are being made through “external linkages” to “revive insurgency” in Punjab and if early action is not taken, it will be too late Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat Saturday said. He was addressing a gathering of senior Army officers, defence experts and former senior officials of government and police at a seminar here on ‘Changing Contours of Internal Security in India: Trends and Responses’.

Rawat also said that attempts were being made again through “external linkages” and “external abetment” to revive insurgency in Assam.

“Punjab has been peaceful but because of these external linkages, attempts again are being made to revive insurgency in the state,” he said, adding, “we have to be very careful.”

“Let us not think that Punjab (situation) is over. We cannot close our eyes to what is happening in Punjab. And, if we do not take early action now, it will be too late,” he said.

Punjab saw one of the worst phases of insurgencies in the 1980s during the pro-Khalistan movement which…

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