Punjab: CM Amarinder Singh sets up ATS to crack down on militant-gangster nexus

The Punjab government has decided to set up an Anti-Terrorism Squad in the state and is also mulling bringing in a new law to combat organised crime in the state.

To break the flourishing militant-gangster nexus in Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has given the go-ahead to set up an Anti-Terrorism Squad.

Apart from this, the Punjab government is also mulling bringing a law called the Punjab Control of Organised Criminals Act (PCOCA) to crack the whip on organised crime in the state.

"(The) ATS would have the mandate to act both against terrorists as well as militant outfits and criminal gangs," a statement issued by the Chief Minister's Office said.

The issue of growing network of gangsters and militants was also raised by Captain Amarinder Singh with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh last week in Delhi.

CM Singh had said that jailed gangsters and militants often threatened jail staff. The Punjab government, which recently had to deal with the Nabha jail break case, has asked for the Centre's intervention to secure prisons.