Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has announced that the state's assistant deputy general of police (ADGP), law and order, Dinkar Gupta, will inquire into the role of the department into three recent incidents of cops using force to quell protests across the state.
Over the past week, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) workers were lathi-charged at Lambi in Muktsar, students were cane-charged in Nawanshar and a pregnant teacher in Jalandhar was illegally detained for four hours, on the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the state, allegedly leading to the termination of her pregnancy.
"The way police have tackled teachers in Lambi and students in Nawanshahr does raise a few concerns over the department's functioning. Even the detention of a teacher in Jalandhar raises serious questions. The ADGP has been asked to submit a report within a few days," said Sukhbir, who also holds the home portfolio and controls the police. He was in Jalandhar to participate in a Ram Navami function.
He claimed action would be taken against the erring cops named in the report.
"After all, we live in a democracy and people have a right to protest peacefully," Sukhbir added.
The deputy CM also took a dig at Congress' deputy leader in Lok Sabha Captain Amarinder Singh, who had recently alleged that the state had touched new highs in drug business during the SAD-BJP rule.
"I don't know what Amarinder has said on my achievements. How can we pay heed to a leader, whose aides are not aware of his whereabouts? From where is he issuing such statements? He might be at a hill station in Himachal Pradesh or even abroad."