Call it sympathy or politics, leaders of all political parties, except the ruling party, are making a beeline to visit families of Gurjeet Singh and Krishan Bhagwan Singh, killed in police firing at Behbal Kalan village in Kotkapura last month.
After Rahul Gandhi’s visit on Wednesday, two independent MLAs of Ludhiana, Bains brothers Simarjeet Singh and Balwinder Singh, visited the families in Sarawan and Niamiwala villages. They also gave each family Rs 1 lakh in cash as financial help.
Criticising the government for the incident, Balwinder Singh alleged that the chief minister has misused religion for the party’s narrow political interests and it was the complete failure of the administration, which led to the unfortunate incidents in Faridkot.
“The misuse of religion is behind the incidents of sacrilege in the state because the Badal family has always misused religion for its narrow political interests. The government failed to gauge the situation after a ‘bir’ of Guru Granth Sahib was stolen from Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village on June 1 and blasphemous posters were pasted in the village, that finally led to the sacrilege incident in Bargari,” said Balwinder in Sarawan.
“Now the government has handed over the inquiry into the sacrilege incident to the CBI only to delay the case. If the government is sincere, there should be a time-bound inquiry into the incident instead of throwing the ball into the CBI’s court only to defer the case. The incident of the killing of the two people in the protest was also a related incident, so it should also have been handed over to the CBI,” Balwinder said.
“Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has only one dream of becoming the richest person, while the state has gone bankrupt. Problems are there because the government has politicised the police force with too much political interference of party halqa in-charges in all kinds of administrative works. The honest and competent officers have been sidelined while undeserving officers are holding the key posts,” alleged Simarjeet Singh Bains.
“But now the decline of the Badal rule has started as people are fed up with the government,” they said.
While leaders of many political parties have visited the families, no one from the ruling SAD has directly met the families. Even the local leaders, too, do not come in the open to express sympathy with the families, perhaps, fearing public wrath.