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Sukhbir says disagrees with Punjab govt use of brute force to implement curfew

Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Badal on Thursday reiterated his party s support for all constructive measure taken by the Punjab government to fight the coronavirus pandemic but said he disapproved of the use of brute force against those violating the curfew in the state. Badal s statement came a day after people stepped out of their homes in the state, defying the curfew and alleging the authorities failed to deliver essential goods at their doorstep. Several videos have surfaced online showing police using force to enforce the curfew and send people indoors. Badal said in a statement that people in the state were not prepared for the sudden curfew. While I understand the urgency of the matter, the government needed to ensure its implementation through sensitive and persuasive means rather than use of brute force against those violating curfew, especially against the women. This is totally unacceptable, he said. There are so many psychological, practical and legal means available to ...

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