Chandigarh: Punjab Home Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal withdrew the Punjab Special Security Group Bill 2010 and Punjab Prevention of Damage to Public and Private Property Bill 2010 in the recently concluded Assembly session.

Sukhbir Singh Badal said, “There were apprehensions on the motive and powers of these legislations. A false propaganda was created that the Bills were anti-public. Both the Bills drew lots of flak from opposition Congress and people as well. In view of this, both the Bills have been withdrawn.”

“The Bills withdrawn will be amended and they will soon be introduced in the Assembly,” he added.

Talking to media persons on Saturday, Deputy Chief Minister said that after the Mumbai attacks many states had designed the force on the lines of the National Security Guards (NSG) including Punjab.

Similarly, the Prevention of Damage to Public and Private Property Bill was also introduced. Under this, it was mandatory to take permission for any kind of protest from the SDM or the DC, which infringed upon the individual's fundamental right to peaceful protest.

In response to a question, Sukhbir said, “We will remove the objectionable portions and introduce them in the form of ordinance."

(JPN/Bureau)