With a Congress worker breaking down in front of Captain Amarinder Singh during ‘Lokan Da Darbar’ programme, alleging that he has been framed in a false case, Punjab Congress chief stormed into Sangat police station to protest and inquire about the case.
During the programme, which is a part of ‘Halke Vich Captain’ campaign, at Jassi Bagh Wali, several party workers raised the similar complaints that they have been framed by Punjab police in false cases at behest of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) men. However, Baldev Singh a resident of Pathrala village broke down while complaining and said his land has been grabbed.
This prompted Captain Amarinder to leave the programme midway and went straight to police station in Sangat accompanied by Baldev and his daughter Harsimrat Kaur.
Baldev Singh along with five others were booked under section 336 (act of endangering life or peace), 506 (criminal intimidation), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapon) and 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code on complaint of one Malkit Singh, an Akali worker, also a resident of Pathrala after a clash ensued between two parties over issue of thoroughfare to agricultural land on November 20 last year. All six have been granted anticipatory bail by Punjab and Haryana high court January this year.
Captain Amarinder warned the police officials against registering false cases saying that they would have to account for every offence of omission and commission they committed against the Congress workers.
“Let me announce it that all those police officials, who connived with the Akalis and framed the Congress workers in false cases, that their countdown has begun and they will find themselves behind the bars after Congress forms the government in Punjab”, he said while talking to reporters outside the police station.
He said Baldev Singh was being victimised since his daughter Harsimrat had contested election as a Congress candidate for the Zila Parishad elections. He said the local Akali leaders who were named by the Congress workers for intimidating and persecuting them will meet the same fate as police officials registering false cases.
The former chief minister said there were 125 complaints related to false cases having been registered in Sangat Police Station only. He said this was just one of the examples, as everywhere people have been framed just because they were Congress workers and supporters of the party.
Bathinda SSP Swapan Sharma said the case was registered on a complaint and they would act only on merit in the case and an inquiry would be conducted within 10 days.