Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa on Saturday demanded resignation of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal for lacking courage to go personally to meet the family of 13-year-old girl, who died near Moga after being pushed off a moving bus on Wednesday.
Bajwa said Badal should have visited the victim’s family to expresses condolence who belonged to the area that once used to be the home turf of the Badals.
He said Youth Congress activists would gherao the Orbit Aviation office in Bathinda on May 3 and in SAS Nagar on May 4 in the first phase of the agitation “to throw out this government which is reminiscent of Afghan invader Ahmad Shah Abdali who plundered Punjab and targeted women”.
Bajwa appealed to all political parties and social organisations to ensure justice to the Dalit girl and her mother Shinder Kaur, who was also injured after being pushed off the moving bus. “It’s the constitutional duty of the chief minister to provide sense of security to every citizen. It is a shocking example as to how law and law and order situation has crumbled and the ordinary people are scared to speak against the goonda elements having political patronage. Your son Sukhbir Singh Badal is the deputy chief minister and your daughter-in-law Harsimrat Badal is the Union minister. None of you have the guts to meet the victim’s family and assure justice. Your moral weakness flow from the fact that your family business and vested interests dominate your politics and governance and are in clash with each other,” said Bajwa.
He said a case of causing death by negligence under Section 304-A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) should be registered against Orbit Aviation managing director Sukhbir Badal and other directors on the pattern of the case registered in case of Nirbhaya, Uber taxi service owners and Uphar Cinema case in Delhi. He said there could not be two sets of law. He said permits of all bus companies owned by Sukhbir should be cancelled and the buses stopped forthwith from plying in the state.
rogrammes for members of the community so that they do not feel dejected,” he added.
“I have asked Moga senior superintendent of police (SSP) JS Khaira and the deputy commissioner to provide security to the victim’s family and arrange a separate room for them in hospital as her mother is not getting proper rest due to rush of visitors.”
“The family was also complaining that the police did not parade the accused before the victim’s family for identification for which we have asked the DC to do the needful,” he added.