A day after surviving a murderous attack, Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale was visited by a number of people, including politicians, at Gurdwara Parmeshar Dwar near Patiala on Wednesday. The police have beefed up the security at the gurdwara as well as at the preacher’s house.
Supporters of Dhadrianwale also blocked the Patiala-Sangrur road, but he asked them not to harass the public and maintain peace.
Among the first ones to pay the visit was Congress vice-president Brahm Mohindra, followed by Aam Aadmi Party leaders Sanjay Singh and Sucha Singh Chhotepur. AAP convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal too called up Dhadrianwale to know his wellbeing and offered condolences at the killing of his aide Bhupinder Singh.
Mohindra said from the common, religious preachers to cops, no one is safe in Punjab. “The SAD-BJP has become a threat to the peace and harmony of Punjab,” he said.
Talking to mediapersons, Sanjay Singh said Badal government was responsible for the deteriorated law and order in the state where even the religious preachers were not safe. He also pointed out the recent murder of Namdhari Sect matriarch Chand Kaur, whose killers were yet to be arrested.
“If religious preachers are not safe, one can make out the condition of the common man. The law and order in the Punjab has collapsed,” Sanjay said, adding if the Badals can’t ensure people’s safety, they have no right to continue on their posts.
Chhotepur said communal forces wanted turmoil back in Punjab and the people should not fall into the trap.