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Chandigarh, 7 Dec 2016 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday said his government will not allow holding of a ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ in the state on December 8.

Citing law and order in Punjab, Badal said: “A handful of self-styled leaders were hell-bent on holding the Sikh congregation to hatch conspiracies to derail development and peace and push the state back to turbulent times.”

“The state government cannot allow these divisive forces to hold the Sarbat Khalsa, as it could jeopardise law and order in the state. My government is committed to preserving law and order at any cost,” Badal said.

A few activists, meanwhile, hoodwinked the police and started ‘Akhand Path’ (uninterrupted recital of Sikh scriptures) at the spot on Wednesday.

Sikh organisations also approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday to seek directions for holding of the Sarbat Khalsa.

Various Sikh organisations and leaders have called for a ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ (grand assembly of the Sikhs) near Talwandi Sabo town in Bathinda district on Thursday.

Punjab Police has detained senior leaders and activists of various radical Sikh organisations ahead of the event. Raids were conducted to round up other radical leaders as well.

The event is slated to be held on a 13-acre agricultural land. Nearly 4,000 personnel of Punjab Police, including commandos and Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel, have been stationed near the site to prevent holding of the event.

All routes leading to the site were on Wednesday blocked by security forces.

“As per earlier court directions, representatives of the organisations approached district authorities (in Bathinda) to seek permission to hold the Sarbat Khalsa. However, the representatives were arrested by the police,” the organisations’ counsel Ranjan Lakhanpal told the media here.

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Jammu, 13 Oct : Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti was on Tuesday released from detention. “PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is being released from detention,” said Jammu and Kashmir administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal.

A government order issued on Tuesday night said her detention was being revoked with immediate effect.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration in July had extended her detention by three months under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).

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SAD breaks alliance with BJP Leaves NDA in protest against farmers ordinance

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Chandigarh, 26 Sep : The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has severed its alliance with the BJP. The Akali Dal had a 22-year-old alliance with the BJP.

The decision was taken after a meeting of the Akali Dal’s Kaur Committee which lasted for more than four hours today. Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal addressed the press after the meeting and announced that he would no longer be a part of BJP-NDA.

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