Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday met Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale at Gurdwara Parmeshar Dwar, 15 km from here, and assured him of “getting to the bottom” of the attack on his cavalcade.
“Law will take its own course and the state government will probe the matter thoroughly to get to the bottom of the case,” Badal told Dhadrianwale, during the half-an-hour meeting.
The chief minister (CM) told the 36-year-old preacher that police have already nabbed eight persons, who were involved in the attack that occurred near Ludhiana on May 17 and left one of his aides dead.
Dhadrianwale, however, told Badal that the probe will not be complete till the arrest of the mastermind behind the attack. He also cautioned the CM that with each passing day, his followers are pressing him to launch a protest.
Later, reacting to the CM’s visit, Dhadrianwale alleged the murderous attack was a “well-planned conspiracy” and its mastermind is still roaming free. “I have already said that if the government fails to arrest the conspirators by May 24, I will name them. The sangat is pressing me to start an agitation, but I have been pacifying the followers and telling them to wait for the deadline given to the government,” he said.
Opposition should not play politics: Badal
Talking to mediapersons, Badal reiterated that law will take its own course, adding that all other culprits responsible for this “dastardly” act will be brought to book soon.
Badal, however, kept mum on the involvement of Damdami Taksal activists in the attack. “Being the CM, it will be unethical and improper to make any observation that might influence or hamper the inquiry at this crucial stage,” he said.
Dismissing the Congress demand of calling a special assembly session to discuss law and order in view of the attack and other similar incidents in the state, Badal said it will serve no purpose, as the government is already seized of the matter.
Asking the opposition not to play politics on sensitive issues, the CM said the crime graph is rising in every state, but the Punjab government is fully committed to maintain peace and communal harmony in the state.
Dhillon visits deceased Bhupinder Singh’s family
Ludhiana: Punjab irrigation minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon on Sunday visited the family of Bhupinder Singh, who died in the attack on Dhadrianwale’s cavalcade here on Tuesday. Condemning the attack during the visit to Khasi Kalan village, Dhillon expressed grief on his death. “I visited Bhupinder Singh’s house as a family member, and not a politician,” said Dhillon, who represents the constituency. Scheduled caste panel chairman Rajesh Bagha, too, visited Khasi Kalan on Sunday. He appealed to the Punjab government to arrest all those involved in the crime.
Bhattal demands President’s rule in Punjab
PATIALA: Congress leader and former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal on Sunday met Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale. Accusing the state government of failing to provide security to Sikh preachers and religious figures, she said criminals have lost all fear of the state police. “This is a big failure on part of the Punjab government. The Bargari sacrilege incident, murder of Namdhari matriarch Chand Kaur and the attack on Dhadriawale points to the deteriorating law and order situation in the state,” she said, while demanding imposition of the President’s rule in the state.