A senior Congress member on Friday claimed in the Rajya Sabha that the law and order situation in Punjab was deteriorating and the “dark clouds of terrorism” loomed over the state again.
Making a Zero Hour mention amid slogan-raising by Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) members in the well of the House, former Union minister Ashwani Kumar said Punjab faced a “grave situation”, as sentiments were being stoked in the name of religion decades after militancy had ended there. “Youth are roaming around with naked swords, intimidating the public,” he said, alleging that memorials for the killers of former prime minister Indira Gandhi and former chief minister Beant Singh were being built.
He also claimed that a large chunk of the youth in the state had fallen victim to drugs. Kumar said no issue was bigger than terrorism and extremist forces had to be reined in.