The Tribune – Amarinder lauds K P S Gill’s role in tackling terrorism in Punjab

I am a lot less enthusiastic about K P S Gill, probably because I am not an Indian nationalist …
Man in Blue

Ravi S Singh, Tribune News Service

New Delhi, 3 June 2017. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday lauded the role of former state DGP K P S Gill in tackling terrorism in the state.

Speaking at Gill’s bhog ceremony here, Amarinder said Gill’s example should be emulated by the current and next generation of police officers in Punjab. Ģill provided leadership to the police force of Punjab during the dark days of terrorism, he said.

“Shops and other business establishments used to down shutters at sunset. There was utter demoralisation among the police force with their relatives being killed by militants. The state officers used to avoid meeting the public after sunset,” he said.

Describing Gill as his friend, the Chief Minister said Punjab and India had lost a great nationalist. Those who did not see the dark days of militancy in the state would not be able to appreciate the contributions of Gill.

“The only way we can pay our respects and tribute to the great soul is by maintaining peace and tranquillity in the state for which he fought,” Captain Singh said.

“Gill had given everything for the country and the state. If young officers emulate Gill, Punjab and the country would not look back,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Punjab BJP leader Laxmi Kanta Chawla hailed Gill as a nationalist and lauded his role in bringing normalcy to the state.

She said only nationalists who had the unity and integrity of the country at heart would be able to appreciate the contributions of Gill. “Gill was a true general,” she said.

Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda also attended the ceremony. “He was a personal friend, a nationalist and a great leader who inspired many,” Hooda said.

Among others, Congress MP K T S Tulsi and BSP national spokesperson S Bhadoria were present on the occasion. A large number of retired ex-servicemen were also present to pay their respects to Gill.

All India Anti-Terrorist Front president M S Bitta was also present.

Akali leaders were conspicuous by their absence.


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