NEW DELHI, India: The law and order situation in Punjab and efforts of the State government in curbing violent activities were reviewed when Surjit Singh Barnala, Chief Minister, met the Prime Minister last night. At the 30 minute meeting held shortly before midnight, the Prime Minister and Chief Minister reportedly discussed the possibility of releasing some of the Jodhpur detainees who were not charged with serious offences. The Prime Minister was earlier reported as saying, “If some detainees are released what I shall get in return”. The Chief Minister who returned to Chandigarh early this morning had written to the Center to provide compensation to the victims of the of 1984 Delhi riots and to take other follow up measures on the Ranga Nath Mishra Commission’s report. The Commission’s report, it may be recalled, has been rejected by most of the Sikh organizations of Delhi, as well as, other organizations of Civil Rights.

During last night’s meeting the Chief Minister is understood to have also informed the Prime Minister the State Government’s steps relating to the agitation started by the A.LS.S.F. Against the opening of liquor vends and cigarette shops in some of the districts.

Article extracted from this publication >>  April 10, 1987