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In Punjab, a political vacuum and remote control bring back the K-word

An armed mob overran a big police station near the border, a suspect was freed, and then the State said 'sorry'. You have to be nuts to think there will be no consequences


Shekhar Gupta
If the visuals we have seen from Amritsar these past couple of days – a radical mob of followers of the new charismatic and radical preacher Amritpal Singh overrunning the Ajnala police station – do not jolt us, it shows how indifferent and lazy we've become on the critical issues of supreme national interest. 

They stormed a police station next to the border with Pakistan — as sensitive a zone as you can name. They forced the state to release one of theirs arrested for kidnapping. Watch those craven, grovelling videos of the Amritsar police saying that the protesters have
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First Published: Feb 25 2023 | 9:30 AM IST

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