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Tarn Taran incident unfortunate: Badal

HT Correspondent  Ferozepur, March 06, 2013
First Published: 21:52 IST(6/3/2013) | Last Updated: 21:55 IST(6/3/2013)

Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal is annoyed over the police's thrashing a woman publicly on Monday in Tarn Taran.

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Speaking with the media here on Wednesday at the house of state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Kamal Sharma, he condemned the incident as "unfortunate", and which could not be tolerated. Already, he has ordered a magisterial investigation.

He said the state government was committed to protecting the dignity and honour of women, and the Tarn Taran police's offence was unpardonable. "The culprits, howsoever influential, will not be spared," he said.

Salary issue

Replying to another query, he attributed the delay in the distribution of salaries to state employees to a technical hitch that now had been "resolved". "The state's fiscal situation is very sound, and Punjab is moving into a new era of development," he added.

'Bajwa's appointment old wine in new bottle'

Equating the appointment of Partap Singh Bajwa as new president of the Punjab Congress with "old wine in new bottle", the CM said that because of its "anti-people stance", the Congress was a sinking ship today and no Congressmen could save it.

Road safety

Asked about the increasing road accidents in the state, Badal said the Punjab government was making efforts to ensure road safety. He added that he had asked the police officers concerned to enforce road discipline strictly.

Visits college

Earlier, at a function to mark the foundation day of Dev Samaj College for Women here, the CM said the state government was motivated to providing women and girls with quality education.

"The state government will support every private educational institute playing a vital role in educating women," he added. "An education city over 1500 acres will come up at Mullanpur near Chandigarh to improve the quality of higher education in the state," he further said.

The education city will hold universities teaching humanities, medical, pharmaceutical science and engineering.

"When I took over, there were only four universities in the state but now we have made another nine new," he said, announcing a grant of Rs. 20 lakh for the college. Cabinet minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon and state BJP president Kamal Sharma were present.

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