Congress questions govt's stand on Devinderpal Singh Bhullar's Punjab 'transfer'

  • PTI, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 11, 2015 20:47 IST

Opposition Congress on Thursday questioned SAD government's change in "stand" on reports of shifting 1993 Delhi bomb blast convict Devinderpal Singh Bhullar to Amritsar jail from Delhi's Tihar jail.

Questioning the timing of the move, Congress said the state had earlier filed an affidavit in the supreme ourt where it was stated that bringing Bhullar back could create law and order problem and disturb peace in Punjab.

State Congress chief Pratap Singh Bajwa maintained that his party had no problem with any prisoner being shifted from
one place to the other under the ambit of law, but questioned the "shift of stand of the Akalis as per their convenience".

He was reacting to the reports concerning transfer of Sikh militants lodged in various jails across the country,
including Bhullar, to Punjab."Eight years back, Punjab government had given an affidavit in the Supreme Court, maintaining that if Devinderpal Singh Bhullar is shifted to Punjab, it could create law and order situation in the state and disturb peace.

"I want to ask CM Badal why have the Akalis shifted their stand and chose this time now. According to their convenience, they keep shifting stand. This government should give an answer to the people of Punjab and also to the Bhullar family," Bajwa said.

Bajwa alleged that the Akalis wanted to go back to fundamentalist issues having failed to deliver on all fronts.

"Knowing they (Akalis) will bite dust in next year's elections, they are creating circumstances to part company with their alliance partner BJP by trying to polarise the voters. They are desperate to win over the hardliners and by eeking to raise their issues, they want to sort of win them over for their vested political interests," he said.

The September 1993 bomb blast in New Delhi killed nine persons and left 25 others injured, including the then Youth
Congress president M S Bitta.

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