The ongoing tussle between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the city police doesn't seem to be ending, as after getting five cops suspended, the saffron party leaders met state party chief Kamal Sharma here on Thursday and demanded the transfer of ADCP (Traffic) Dhruman Nimbale.
The controversy had erupted on Wednesday after BJP councillor Suresh Mahajan accused the Amritsar police of harassing people in the name of fining them. He had also alleged that cops misbehaved with him.
The entire BJP leadership got together on Wednesday and met DCP Bikram Pal Singh Bhatti. They demanded suspension of the cops on duty and also sought Nimbale's transfer.
The top cops of Amritsar were prompt enough to suspend five policemen including sub-inspector Baldev Raj but they remained mum about the behaviour of some BJP leaders who chased the sub-inspector and behaved aggressively with him in the DCP's office.
It is believed the Amritsar police were under immense political pressure but the top brass has denied the allegations and claimed the cops were suspended on merit.
As the police have chosen to remain tight-lipped over the issue, the BJP has teamed up against the ADCP (traffic) and demanded his transfer.
However when asked about the attitude of the BJP leaders who chased down the sub-inspector, district BJP chief Naresh Sharma said, "It was the resentment of the workers. But it should not have happened."
When questioned what was wrong in police challaning the traffic violators, Sharma said, "We are not against challans but don't want people to be harassed in the name of fines."
He added, "The BJP councillor was disrespected on the road. Moreover, people are upset with the attitude of the police. So we have demanded Nimbale's transfer and the state party chief has assured us he will take up the matter with the deputy chief minister and chief minister."
Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma said, "The local unit has apprised me of the entire issue. Whatever their sentiment is, I am with them and the matter will be taken up."
Notably, the ADCP (traffic) in the past few days had taken various initiatives to streamline traffic in Amritsar and had especially launched a drive to check juvenile driving. He had also launched a drive to check school buses that violated norms.
CPS Sidhu accuses Amritsar police of non-cooperation
Accusing the Amritsar Police of not cooperating with her, chief parliamentary secretary Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu met BJP chief Kamal Sharma over the issue.
At the circuit house to meet Sharma, Sidhu accused the Amritsar police of not cooperating with her and ignoring genuine work in her constituency.
She said, "Issues have been taken up many times with the top brass of the city police but they do not listen. Some pockets face serious drug issues but police has failed to redress them too."
During her meeting with the state BJP chief, Sidhu also said her constituency was not given sufficient funds. "A lot of my work is pending and I have asked for funds on many occasions. I have also asked deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal to give the promised Rs 100 crore to my constituency.