Punjab Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Charanjit Singh Channi has said that the Punjab and Haryana High Court should take suo-motu notice of all recent fatal accident in Punjab that involved private buses of the ruling Badal family and its close associates.
Citing a recent case in which a girl (12) girl was crushed under the wheels of a New Deep company bus near Makhu in Ferozepur district, Channi said these buses were in the hands of reckless drivers shielded by the men in power and, so, unafraid of law.
“The families of the victims are threatened not to pursue the case against the bus driver or the transport company. The only option they have is to reach a compromise with the company and accept whatever little compensation it offers,” the state CLP leader claimed. Referring to the Makhu incident, he said the family of victim Gurpreet Kaur was also being forced by the Akali leaders to reach a compromise with bus owner Hardeep Singh “Dimpy” Dhillon, a Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader from Gidderbaha and a confidant of the Badal family.
Channi met Gurpreet Kaur’s father, Palwinder Singh of Dayalpura village in Tarn Taran district, on Saturday at Circuit House here. Congress leaders Harminder Singh Gill, Sukhpal Bhullar, Raj Kanwal Preet Singh Yadav, and Inderjit Singh Zira were present. The victim’s father told Channi in front of everyone that some local Akali leaders were threatening him. Bus driver Pardeep Singh is charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder but Palwinder Singh wants a case of murder against him. Channi said that it was a genuine demand, and the bus owners should also be booked.
Echoing the views of Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh, the state CLP leader also demanded that all New Deep company buses be taken off road for being involved in frequent fatal accident. “The drivers of the Akali companies aren’t afraid of police or threatening the families of their victims. The high court is the last hope, and it should take suo-motu notice of the Makhu accident,” Channi added.
Meets Abohar attack survivor
Channi also met Gurjant Singh, survivor of the Abohar incident in which supporters of Akali leader and liquor baron Shiv Lal Doda chopped off the limbs of two men at his farmhouse a few days ago. Gurjant’s friend Bhim Sain, died of these injuries and Gurjant was moved to a private hospital here.
The state CLP leader said Gurjant’s family was in mortal fear of Doda because of his links with the Badals. He sought the arrest of Doda and his nephew Amit, main accused in the Abohar case. “The forming of the special investigation team (SIT) is mere eyewash,” he said.
He contested the state government claims that it was a case of gang war between two groups in liquor business. He said had that been the case, Bhim and Gurjant would have taken their supporters along and carried armed. Channi also visited the Golden Temple and took a holy dip at the shrine.