New Delhi: Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta on Saturday clarified his remark over the Kartarpur Corridor, saying that he was only red-flagging the ‘obvious’ potential for misuse of the corridor by elements known for their hostility towards India. Also Read - MEA Expands Passport Services in Punjab After Inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor
The Punjab top cop, had, on Friday remarked that the Kartarpur Corridor a ‘huge security challenge from the terrorism point of view.’ He had further said that ‘anyone going to Kartarpur in the morning can be turned into a trained terrorist by the evening.’ Also Read - Kartarpur Corridor: Amarinder Singh Asks 'Cash-rich' SGPC to Bear $20 Service Fee
“I only red-flagged the obvious ‘potential’ for misuse by elements notorious for their hostility towards India and their effort to exploit every opportunity, even the most pious one, to disturb the peace and communal harmony,” the Punjab Public Relations Department quoted DGP Gupta as saying after the opposition took offence to his comment, even going to the extent of seeking a clarification from Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh within 24 hours. Also Read - 'Punjab United Once Again': Internet is Touched by This Pak Driver's Reaction to Kartarpur Corridor Opening | Watch
Earlier, reacting to the DGP’s comment, the opposition Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had called it ‘highly unacceptable’ and had accused him of furthering Indira Gandhi’s ideology, which, it said, ‘painted every Sikh as a terrorist.’ The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), too, had condemned the DGP, asking the CM to remove him.
Opened last November, the Kartarpur Corridor is a visa-free border crossing and secure corridor, which connects Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district with the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur, the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism and the first of the ten Sikh Gurus.
India has long raised concerns that the Sikh pilgrims going there can be influenced by Pakistan’s intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in cahoots with Sikh extremists who want an independent Sikh nation of ‘Khalistan.’
It was in this context that the DGP made the remark.