Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa has said the families of the martyrs killed in the militant attack on Dinanagar police station must be given `50 lakh each in compensation.
Bajwa, accompanied by All-India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Shakeel Ahmad and secretary Asha Kumari, had joined the cremation of superintendent of police (detective) Baljit Singh in Kapurthala on Wednesday. The SP was killed in cross-firing between the police and the militants on July 27.
The leaders also visited Dinanagar to meet the families of those killed and injured in the attack.
"If the kin of victims of recent bus accidents - in Moga and Rupnagar - can be compensated with upwards of `20 lakh, why is the state government giving only `10 lakh to families of national martyrs," he said, adding that the son of the slain SP must be given the job of a DSP on compassionate grounds and the daughters must also be given gazetted jobs.
"The injured must be given `1 lakh compensation. The bus driver and the railway employee, who saved many lives must also be honoured," he added.
Calling for the state government to modernise the police and free them from VIP duty, Bajwa slammed Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for staying put in Poland.
"The seriousness of Sukhbir, who is also the home minister, can be gauged from the fact that Punjab is boiling and he is busy holidaying in Poland," Bajwa claimed.
AICC general secretary Shakeel Amhad said Monday's incident was the first case of Punjab being targeted by terrorist activity from across the border.
"Central security agencies need to check the fencing on the border and plug loopholes. The appeasement policy of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal towards militants remains a matter of concern and has, in the past, played havoc with the state," Ahmad said, alleging that Badal's record showed that he had never taken a firm stand against terrorism.