Urging chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to come forward and end the ongoing trouble at Maan village of the Lambi constituency, former Congress MP Jagmeet Singh Brar has said his party would step aside if the CM works out a compromise formula.
Maan village had remained in the headlines after police booked 125 Congress workers for alleged involvement in the violence that took place during the local bodies elections on May 19.
"I appeal to the chief minister to take the initiative and restore the spirit of brotherhood in the village. I advice Badal to rise above politics and visit the village, which is less than 3 km from his native village. He should come here and reach out to the villagers for a compromise," said Brar.
"Do not give any credit to us. Just get the village out of the mess. What more can I ask from you," Brar appealed to the CM. The former claimed that he was here to check the condition of the affected families.
"I had met People's Party of Punjab president Manpreet Badal recently during a public function and he was also worried over the way Badals were treating residents of Maan village. Manpreet said how their (Badals) future generations will face to these villagers who are being suppressed so badly," said Brar.
He alleged that the administration has not kept the promise to investigate the case from all angles and it is only the Congress workers, who are the victims of police action.
The Congress leader added that, "Nothing has changed in the village. Police are still hunting for the Congress workers. The village women, who are left at homes after men fled fearing police action, are being treated badly by the administration."
"I am going to take up the matter with the party leadership to plan the next course of action to get justice for the villagers. We are not going to remain silent. I am planning a big gathering to protest against the atrocities being committed by the Badals on villagers. The party's central leadership will also be part of that protest," Brar said.
The Congress leader also hit out at chief minister Parkash Singh Badal for sharing stage with his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi. "Modi is responsible for the brutal killing of 5,000 people in Gujarat. How can Badal share stage with him? Badal's name will be written in black in the history for promoting Modi from Punjab," said Brar.
Cops looking for dead man
Victims of the alleged police suppression have shocking stories to tell. A widow, Gurmeet Kaur (55), of Maan village alleged that though her husband Mithu Singh died around year ago, police were looking for him on the day the poll violence took place. "They told me to produce him in police station. How can I produce my dead husband in front of police?"
"My daughter is also a widow, who was deserted by her in-laws after the death of husband. Can you tell me what should I do? What worse they can do to us?" said Gurmeet Kaur.
Similarly, another woman from the village, Baljinder Kaur, alleged that water supply to the houses of Congress workers has been cut and women are forced to fetch water alone in the absence of their men who are on the run. She regretted that the Congress-led central government also did not extend a helping hand to the party workers.