Leader of opposition Charanjit Singh Channi faced an embarrassing moment when he was stopped during his address at the ‘bhog’ ceremony of Namdhari sect matriarch Chand Kaur at Bhaini Sahib on Sunday.
Speaking from the dais, Channi attacked the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) government for failing to check crime in the state. He said the police have failed to arrest the killers of Chand Kaur and questioned why the special investigating teams (SITs) have failed to solve cases in the nine years of the present regime.
“It is unfortunate that Chand Kaur has been murdered in the evening of her life. The attack could have been prevented. Till now, no one has been arrested... the government only form SITs and the cases remain unsolved,” he said.
“Innocent lives have been lost in road accidents involving buses owned by family members of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal... drugs are being smuggled into the state... and SITs are formed to hush up cases,” he said, much to the chagrin of the Namdhari darbar members, who then cut short his speech and asked him to be seated.
“This is not an occasion to indulge in politics and attack the government. We have gathered here to pay tribute to a departed soul,” said a Namdhari sect member.
‘War of good versus evil’
Namdhari Sect head Satguru Uday Singh today said the murder has raised a question on women’s safety in the state. “She was the mother of mankind as she helped one and all and served the panth for 70 years. The attackers should be ashamed to have killed a pious soul. Even the Mughals never killed their mother,” he said.
“I am not criticising the government, but women should feel safe and secure in today’s world,” he added.
In an indirect attack on his estranged brother Thakur Dalip Singh, Satguru Uday Singh said everyone knows who the killer is. “I will not spoil the occasion by taking his name, but this is the fourth attack on us and who else could have done this. There is no property dispute, we only believe in selfless service and her (Chand Kaur) sacrifice will not go waste. It’s a war of good verses evil,” he added.