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Manpreet joins protest

punjab Updated: Oct 15, 2012 19:05 IST
HT Correspondent

People's Party of Punjab president Manpreet Singh Badal on Monday visited Faridkot to join the protest against Shruti's abduction.

He expressed his party's support to the family, joint action committee and the protesters.

He termed it as a non-political visit meant to share the grief of the family and extend help to the protesters in bringing back the girl and getting the accused punished. Shruti's parents are also sitting on dharna in front of the city police station that entered its 22nd day on Monday.

"It is a sad and unfortunate incident. I visited the place to share the grief of the family. I understand the anger and shock of the Faridkot residents. We are concerned thinking of what kind of Punjab we are living in," Manpreet said while addressing the people.

"Unfortunately we voted for the undeserving people who are ruling us. The law and order situation has deteriorated in the state and there is a complete jungle rule," he said.

"We need to de-politicise the police if we want justice. The efficient and able police officers have been sidelined, and all appointments, from SHOs to the top, are made on the basis of recommendations, ignoring the merit. If the home minister is sincere in bringing in police reforms, he should de-politicise the police department," Manpreet said.

"A population of three crore in the state has been following only about 3,000 people, who include anti-social elements and those with vested interests. In many constituencies, anti-social elements enjoy political patronage as they are vote managers of politicians who have to protect their interests. I am also from this system, but people must realise what kind of state and society we are living in," he said.

"I expect no justice from the state government in this particular case and want the Centre or the high court to take a suo motu notice and hand over the inquiry to the CBI. People can expect justice only if the police are free from political influence."

Party's Jaitu leader Amarjeet Kaur accompanied Manpreet.

Faridkot MP Paramjeet Kaur Gulshan and other local SAD leaders came in for criticism from the committee members. "Only Faridkot SAD MLA Deep Malhotra joined the protest while others are silent on the matter," they said.