Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday hailed the beginning of the process of depoliticising the state police department.
Citing the news reports that the Punjab Police was to transfer all police personnel with over three years of stay at a particular place, Amarinder said he welcomed such a move and hoped it would be taken to its logical conclusion.
"It is good that wisdom dawned on the government and it realised the urgency to depoliticise the police and to do away with the practice of making halqa in-charges (SAD local leadership in their respective areas) all powerful vis-a-vis functioning of the police," he added.
Khaira for all-party meeting on law and order
Meanwhile, former MLA Sukhpal Khaira of the Congress has appealed to his party leadership to demand an all-party meeting on the "deteriorating" law and order situation in Punjab.
"I urge the Congress leadership and other parties of the state to come on one platform to oppose the complete lawlessness in the state, particularly in wake of the increasing rape cases, attack on policemen by Akali men and gross politicisation of the Punjab Police," Khaira said in a statement issued here.
"I urge Capt Amarinder Singh and Congress Legislature Party leader Sunil Jakhar to call an emergency all-party meeting to discuss the complete breakdown of law and order," he said, citing the suicide by a rape victim in a village near Patiala.
"It took the police 14 days to register an FIR; thereafter, the culprits were arrested only after the girl had committed suicide 44 days later," Khaira said.
He ridiculed the statement by DGP Sumedh Singh Saini that there was no law and order problem in Punjab and that Punjab instead stood threatened by a possible revival of terrorism.
"This is nothing but a cock and bull story to divert public attention from the critical law and order situation," Khaira said.