Senior Congress leader and former deputy speaker of Punjab assembly Bir Devinder Singh has slammed the brutal attack on Gurdaspur-based Congress leader Raman Behal by the land mafia.
"The thrashing of Behal is a reprehensible act of goons who have been operating under the umbrella of local Akali MLAs and the incident raises a question mark over the safety of the common man. If goons can target a public figure like Behal, who has been a former president of Gurdaspur municipal committee, then no one is safe," said Bir Devinder.
He alleged that the mafia culture had spread in the state under the patronage of the SAD-BJP government and these goons had no fear of the law.
"Be it any field of business, there is sand mafia, parking lot mafia, liquor mafia, cable mafia, cattle fair mafia, transport mafia, parking lot mafia, dhaba mafia etc etc functioning in the state," he alleged, claiming that each such entity enjoyed proximity with the ruling family.
"How can one expect justice, if you have the hapless victim of the goons of the aforesaid mafias? The law enforcing machinery has lost the determination to act swiftly, judiciously and firmly on the strength of its own spine due to political interference," added the ex-speaker.
"I am sure, that time is not far away when people of Punjab would join hands and start a forceful public movement against the mafias, in the interest of justice. I will therefore appeal to the top echelon, at the police headquarters in Chandigarh to move swiftly in the matter, independent of any political malice before it is too late," he added.