In a clear reference to Pakistan, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said the neighbouring country was trying to destabilise India even as he announced that a committee would be sent to Pampore in Jammu and Kashmir to look into any lapses in the handling of the terror attack that left eight Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel dead.
Showering praise on security men for successfully eliminating two terrorists involved in Saturday’s attack, he said: “I have asked the Union home secretary to send a two-member committee to Pampore to look into any lapses so that we can correct it in the future and our jawans do not face martyrdom in such incidents.
He was addressing a gathering at the 300th martyrdom day function of the Sikh military commander Banda Singh Bahadur here on Sunday.
The Union minister assured the people that the Centre would deliver justice to the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots. He said of the 286 cases that had been opened, 22 were being re-investigated by the special investigation team (SIT) set up by the Union government.
Thanking Rajnath for setting up the SIT and announcing Rs 3.5 to Rs 5 lakh more compensation to the victims, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said: “It was Congress’ conspiracy... they killed innocent people and now they are criticising us.”
“Baba Banda Singh Bahadur laid the foundation of the Independence movement and 80% of martyrs during the freedom struggle were from Punjab. We should take pride in it,” said the CM.
‘TAKE INSPIRATION FROM BANDA BAHADUR’
Remembering Banda Bahadur as a greatest martyr, Rajnath said he introduced social freedom and equality much before the French Revolution.
“Banda Bahadur played a pivotal role in ending the zamindari system from society. Though one of the greatest martyrs, the Sikh warrior was not given due importance by historians,” he added, appealing them to write more about his life and contribution while reciting Rabindranath Tagore’s poem “Bandi Bir”.
“Today, our country is facing many challenges and to win over these, we can take inspiration from life of people like Banda Bahadur,” he added.