Condemning the violent armed attack during a function of the People's Party of Punjab (PPP) on Thursday, party president Manpreet Badal has said this was the latest instance of the victimisation and vendetta unleashed upon the party by the government.
"How can so many assailants, equipped with dangerous weapons come and vanish without the support of authorities? On May 20, the PPP will submit a memorandum to the governor, seeking resignation of Punjab education minister Sikander Singh Maluka. The memorandum shall also seek clear answers from police about who these attackers were," said Manpreet.
The ruling combine has been behaving like tyrannical despots, out to brutally crush all sort of democratic opposition, he alleged, adding that tragically, the state police force is complicit in all these misdeeds.
"In fact, it is not only about this particular incident. Never before in Punjab, have people felt so insecure. They are being killed, looted, thrashed and raped by anti-social elements who move around creating mayhem with impunity, as they have the backing of the state machinery. A spectre of fear looms all across the state. Even in the latest instance, the government is trying to subvert the attention by terming the incident as an example of personal enmity," the PPP chief said.
He added that lodge a protest against the unsafe law and order situation in the state, the PPP shall organise a massive protest rally in Bathinda on May 23. "We urge all other political parties, NGOs and citizen organisations to come and participate in the rally," Manpreet said.
"The people of Punjab need to make their voice heard against the horrible crimes that we have been subjected to. For a long time, we have been seeing our families being humiliated, our women and elderly being thrashed, our youth being driven to suicide, our daughters being kidnapped and our fundamental rights being trampled over. I appeal to all of you, who love Punjabi, to come and participate in this rally against these crimes and injustice," he added.