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"Probe allegations against me and Bajwa both"

HT Corespondent, Hindustan Times  Malerkotla, January 17, 2014
First Published: 22:37 IST(17/1/2014) | Last Updated: 23:01 IST(17/1/2014)

Rajya Sabha MP and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa has reiterated his willingness for a probe into the allegations against his close relative Kanwarjit Singh Pehalwan of having a nexus with drug racketeers while demanding a simultaneous inquiry into similar charges against Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa.

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Talking to media persons here on Friday, Dhindsa, who came to pay obeisance at Namdhari Shaheedi Samarak here on Kuka martyrdom day said, "I demand that the allegations levelled against my  family and Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa should be get probedby a sitting high court judge and the guilty should be punished".

Punjab Congress leaders Surinderpal Singh Sibia, Ramesh Singla and Paramjit Singh Randhawa had issued a statement on Wednesday alleging that Pehalwan  (father-in-law of Dhindsa's son, finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa)) has links with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Maninder Singh Bittu Aulakh, a Youth Akali Dal (YAD) leader, under arrest in Jagdish Bhola drug racket.

When asked about Congress's statewide agitation demanding a CBI probe against revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia, he said, "They do not have any issue to raise and are now holding protests to tarnish the image of SAD leaders of the state. Earlier also, they raised a similar demand against Youth Akali Dal leaders but their allegations are baseless".

Lakhs pay obeisance at Kuka martyrs' memorial, Badals give a miss

Remembering the sacrifices made by 66 Kukas, who were blown off by cannons at Malerkotla on January 17, 1872, lakhs of devotees on Friday paid their obeisance at the Kuka Shaheedi Smarak here.

However, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh  Badal gave a miss to the event. The Badals had missed out this annual event last year also.

Namdhari Sikhs, also known as Kukas, had contributed significantly in India's freedom struggle. Namdhari Sikhs, under the sect head Satguru Ram Singh, had started a movement against the British in 1857 which led to martyrdom of 66 Kukas in 1872.

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