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No religious connotation in Kartarpur Corridor remarks, says Punjab DGP

Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta said on Saturday that there was no religious connotation in his remarks about Kartarpur Corridor made at an occasion on February 20. The DGP also added that his statements were misunderstood or "willfully misconstrued".

In a statement issued in Chandigarh, Dinkar Gupta said, "I rejoiced at the opening of the Sri Kartarpur Sahib Corridor which has fulfilled the decades-old aspirations of many devotees like myself everywhere the planet who profess their faith in Nanak Dev Ji and his divine teachings."

"Their daily 'ardas' for 'khulle darshan-deedaar' of spiritual shrines, that are in post-Partition Pakistan, was finally answered. it had been a matter of even greater happiness that it coincided with the 550th Prakash Purab of Sri Nanak Dev Ji," he said.

Dinkar Gupta said the government and every one its agencies, including Punjab Police, worked with great devotion and commitment to successfully observe the historic event.

"As the state DGP, I assure that we'll still strive to figure towards facilitating trouble-free access to the holy shrine of Sri Kartarpur Sahib," he said.

DGP Dinkar Gupta also said that because the DGP of the state, which is faced with the continuing battle against violent extremism that continues to be funded and supported from across the border, he cannot overemphasize the necessity to stay vigilant.

"I only red-flagged the apparent 'potential' for misuse by elements notorious for his or her hostility towards India and their effort to take advantage of every opportunity, even the foremost pious one, to disturb the peace and communal harmony," the DGP said.

Dinkar Gupta said that his remarks at the event were strictly "pertaining to the safety and safety of Punjab and India".

"There was absolutely no regard to any religion or community in his remarks but simply that some anti-national elements based in hostile neighbourhood could misuse and exploit this chance and, therefore, we'd like to be vigilant to such potential dangers within the interest of peace and security of the people of the state," he said.

"The people of the state had already suffered tons within the past at the hands of terrorism promoted by our hostile neighbour," DGP Dinkar Gupta said.

The DGP said he was personally there when the primary pilgrim crossed the border at Dera Baba Nanak, to go to Sri Kartarpur Sahib in November 2019. "In the four months since, the Punjab Police has facilitated quite 51,000 devotees. we'll still ensure this," he said.

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