A delegation led by local Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu and MLAs Gurkirat Singh and Navtej Singh Cheema on Friday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi and apprised him of the "rapidly worsening" law and order situation in Punjab.
The delegation sought the PM's intervention in view of "the daily atrocities being committed on the common man in general and women in particular in all parts of Punjab by goons and anti-social elements enjoying patronage of the ruling Akali-BJP combine."
Citing hotelier Gurkirat Sekhon's murder in Jalandhar, the Faridkot abduction-rape case, the killing of former Akali MLA Malkit Singh Keetu in Moga and the recent murder of an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) in Amritsar at the hands of an Akali office-bearer, the delegation handed over newspaper clippings to the PM and told him that not only the common man but also the brave policemen of Punjab were not safe in the prevailing political situation.
Underlining the Akali-BJP government's failure to protect the lives of its citizens, the delegation requested the PM to use his good offices and restore normalcy in the state.
The Prime Minister promised that he would take up the issue with the authorities soon, according to a press release issued by Bittu.
Bittu had on Monday raised a similar issue in the Lok Sabha during zero hour, demanding President's rule in Punjab.