Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) spokesman, general secretary and adviser to the chief minister, Maheshinder Singh Grewal on Saturday accused Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of politicising the incident involving the killing of two Dalit youth in Ahluwalia Colony of Jamalpur area of Ludhiana.
He said they were doing it for their own vested political interests, knowing well that the state government had already meted out exemplary punishment to the delinquent police officials.
In a statement issued here, Grewal said Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Partap Singh Bajwa and AAP MP Bhagwant Mann had joined hands out of frustration to derive political mileage out of a tragic incident.
“It is sad that the duo is playing politics over the death of two Dalit youths,” rued Mr Grewal.
He said that after this tragic incident, the police personnel directly involved in the incident were dismissed from job and Khanna SSP was suspended. He said this clearly revealed that the Punjab government had taken this matter seriously, and main suspects of this incident Gurjit Singh had been arrested.
He said a person like Partap Singh Bajwa, who had been totally rejected by people of his constituency, is using this tragic incident to regain his lost political grounds. The SAD leader said Bhagwant Mann was fond of playing the role of a street performer and he gave one such performance at Samrala.
“It is because of such acts of Mann that the popularity of AAP had touched its lowest ebb in the state. The AAP would be well advised to make a mature and mentally stable representative its face in Punjab,” he added.
Assuring the people that the SAD-BJP government would ensure justice in the Khanna incident, Grewal urged people not to pay heed to rumour mongers and mischief makers, who wanted to destroy the hard owned peace in the state.