Accusing the state police of lodging ‘false’ cases against Congress workers and shielding r uling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) activists, the Punjab Congress on Wednesday demanded an impartial probe into incidents of violence that occurred on April 30, the polling day for the Lok Sabha elections in the state.
A delegation of party leaders led by Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Sunil Kumar Jakhar, who is contesting from the Ferozepur parliamentary seat, met Punjab director general of police (DGP) Suresh Arora along with a battery of party legislators and told him that at least seven ‘false’ cases had been re gistered ag ainst party workers by the police on the basis of false complaints and without ascertaining the facts.
The Congress leaders who accompanied Jakhar included MLAs Joginder Singh Panjgrain, Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Amrinder Singh Raja Warring and Parminder Singh , and former MLA Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon.
“I urged the DGP to cancel the false cases registered against Congress workers by the police. Meanwhile, we demand that cases should be lodged against those who gave false complaints on the basis of which Congress workers were booked in criminal cases such as attempt to murder. Besides, we want action against the cops also,” Jakhar told mediapersons after meeting the DGP at the police headquarters here.
Alleging that SAD activists thrashed Congress polling agents at some places on the polling day, Jakhar said: “Congress workers were attacked by Akali worke r s. Instead of acting against the Akalis, the police booked Congressmen in false cases. In Malout , a woman Congress worker was picked up by the police on false grounds.”
The CLP leader said he urged the DGP to order a fair probe into the incidents of violence and take appropriate action before May 16, when the poll results will be out. Jakhar said the DGP assured the dele gation of taking action as per law. “We want action before May 16 as after that the Akalis will go berserk,” he said.
According to Jakhar, SAD workers were alle gedly involved in murderous attacks on Cong ressmen at Malout, Jalalabad, Ferozepur city, Fatehgarh Churian, Bathinda, Batala and Sangat Pura.
BAJWA MEETS INJURED PARTY WORKER
Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa visited injured par ty worker Roop Singh at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here on Wednesday. Roop is in a critical condition after being allegedly shot at by SAD workers at Sangat Pura village in Baghapurana area of Faridkot parliamentary constituency on Tuesday. “The attack is a fall-out of the poll violence,” Bajwa said.
Bajwa condemned the incident and sought arrest of the culprits. Bajwa was accompanied by Joginder Singh Panjgrain, party candidate from Faridkot Lok Sabha seat, and for mer MLAs Darshan Singh Brar and Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon.