Accusing city police officials of working under pressure, Gurjit Singh Aujla, president of the district Congress committee (rural), has charged the SAD-BJP leaders with unleashing political terrorism in the state and using the police as scapegoats. Alluding to the ongoing standoff between the Amritsar traffic police and the local BJP leaders, he has urged the Director General of Police (DGP) to intervene to save the prestige of the police department by registering a case in this regard.
In a missive to the DGP, Aujla said crimes against the police were flourishing under the SAD-BJP leaders. To endorse his statement, he cited the murder of ASI Ravinderpal Singh, a murderous attack on SSP SS Mand, murder of ASI Gurdev Singh in Phagwara, thrashing of constable Dilbagh Singh in Amritsar by a SAD leader, thrashing of ASI Narinder Singh by a BJP leader and lately, the attack on sub inspector Baldev Singh.
Lauding the action taken by the DGP in the cases pertaining to the killing of ASI Ravinderpal Singh and attack on SSP Mand, Aujla said the sections approved by him against the accused in these cases were, however, reversed later under political pressure. Terming the DGP a 'star cop' during terrorism and a 'dabang policeman', Aujla averred that his 'dabangism' had been diffused by the present government.
Talking about sub inspector Baldev Raj, Aujla said the SI was on duty at SSSS Chowk when he issued a challan to a kin of a BJP leader. The accused called a councillor and his supporters, who not only staged a protest, but also chased the cop till the office of the DCP where they were joined by other BJP leaders, including city mayor and others, whom he charged with thrashing the cop in the presence of police officials.
"The DCP, under pressure from BJP leaders, suspended the SI and others without going for any probe into the incident," said Aujla.
"Any action on your part will further deteriorate the law and order situation in the state. It would be best either to perform your duty truthfully or surrender your posts and offices to your political masters," Aujla wrote to the DGP.