A month on, SIT yet to submit report in Tarn Taran clash

  • Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Mar 08, 2015 19:41 IST

Even as the Punjab government was quick to form a special investigation team (SIT) following a clash between workers of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Tarn Taran on February 10, the SIT is yet to submit its report a month after the incident.

Punjab local bodies minister Anil Joshi had alleged that the local Akali leaders had attacked his brother Raja Joshi, causing in rift between the alliance partners. In the wake of this, both the parties went on to contest the Tarn Taran municipal elections on their own.

Gunshots were fired and the SAD and BJP leaders had accused each other of using muscle power in this incident.

Minister Joshi was vocal enough and accused the Akalis of using muscle power against BJP supporters in Tarn Taran.

Punjab BJP leaders, including state party chief Kamal Sharma, had met chief minister Parkash Singh Badal in this connection and demanded action against the culprits.

To probe the incident, the state government formed the SIT led by inspector general of police (IG border range) Ishwar Chander Sharma. Two other members of the SIT are Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh and Amritsar (rural) senior superintendent of police (SSP) Jasdeep Singh.

The SIT team had visited the spot a day after the incident but it is yet to submit its report a month after. Earlier, the SIT had claimed that a forensic report was awaited. The forensic report has arrived.

Since Anil Joshi has repeatedly demanding action from deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal, who, when in Amritsar a couple of ago, had claimed that the SIT was doing its job and those involved in the clash will not be spared.

The February 10 clash had led to tension in Tarn Taran with law and order becoming a major issue during the recently held civic body elections. Following the clash, the BJP had decided to contest from all 23 wards of which it won only seven and Akalis winning the rest.

IG (border range Ishwar Chander Sharma) was not available for comments despite repeated attempts.

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