The Congress leaders came down heavily on the state government for the alleged framing of three of its leaders under atrocities against the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe.
While addressing the party workers during protest against the arrest of three of its leaders - Charanjit Singh, Gagan and Gurpreet - by the police at Mulllanpur Dakha on Saturday, the Congress leaders said the trio was falsely implicated.
Leader of opposition in the Vidhan Sabha Sunil Jakhar took on the government for the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.
Mentioning the recent cases of atrocities against women and attack on police personnel and their kin, he said nothing could be expected from the police which was not capable of ensuring safety of its own force and their kin.
President of the district Congress committee (rural) Malkit Singh Dakha said the three leaders were implicated. He blamed that the case was registered at the behest of local SAD leaders to harass the party leaders.
President of Punjab Pradesh Mahila Congress Malti Thapar blamed the Punjab government for lawlessness in the state. She said under the present government, women and girls were not feeling safe in the state.
The party leaders also consoled Neelam, wife of Charanjit Singh, who was demanding the release of her husband and others arrested in the case.
Meanwhile, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Ludhiana rural, Asish Chaudhary denied any political motive behind the arrest of three Congress leaders. He said all three were arrested on the complaint of one Poonam and a thorough inquiry for about two months was done into the case before arresting the three.
He said Poonam had alleged that Charanjit Singh along with other accused had beaten up a servant at her shop and drove her out of the shop. “She had alleged that the accused assaulted the servant with the purpose to get the shop vacated, which her husband Ashok Kumar had taken on rent from Charanjit. She was managing the shop after the death of her husband. The owner had also locked the shop after forcibly droving the complainant out of it,” he said, adding that action against the accused had been taken as per law only.