Full compensation for losses in unrest: Badal

May 26th, 2009 - 4:03 pm ICT by IANS  

P. Chidambaram Chandigarh, May 26 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Tuesday said that the state government was willing to pay full compensation for the losses suffered by people in two days of violence in the state following the killing of Dera Sachh Khand leader in a gurdwara in Austria’s capital Vienna.
Addressing media here after an all-party meeting to discuss ways to control the violence in several parts of Punjab since Sunday evening, Badal claimed that the situation was “normal” in most areas Tuesday.

He confirmed that at least three persons died in the violence and dozens were injured.

Reacting to the statement of central Home Minister P. Chidambaram that the Punjab government did not react adequately to control the situation from getting worse, Badal said: “The situation was not in our control after it erupted. It takes some time to requisition Army and paramilitary forces to assist the civil authorities.”

The all-party meeting was attended by representatives of all parties in Punjab, including the main opposition Congress.

The state government urged the centre to expedite the process to get the body of slain sect leader, Sant Rama Nand Dass, who was killed in the Vienna shrine clash, back to India.

Badal said that the government had offered to give a state funeral to the sect leader if the sect wanted it.

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