Activist of the Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) staged a protest in front of the office of Tarn Taran SSP on Monday to demand prompt police action regarding the murder of YC leader Sukhraj Singh in Patti recently.
PYC chief Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary had earlier asked the state government and the police to ensure the arrest of those accused of Sukhraj's murder within 48 hours. Since the deadline was not met, PYC on Monday held a protest outside the SSP office. A large number of YC activists rallied outside and raised slogans against the state government.
The protestors warned that if the accused were not arrested by May 20, when the 'bhog' ceremony of Sukhraj would be held, they would intensify their agitation and gherao chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.
Balraj Singh, brother of deceased Sukhraj Singh, also protested along with other PYC leaders and members. Sukhraj was gunned down on May 8 while coming out of gurdwara in Bhagupur village.
Demanding the immediate removal of Border Range DIG Paramraj Singh Umranangal, PYC president Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary said that they would not rest till all culprits were arrested.
"We also strongly condemn the statements of Umranangal that main accused Sarwan Singh was not present at the murder spot outside the village gurdwara. His continuance will hamper a fair probe in the case," Chaudhary claimed.
He also criticised the SAD BJP government, saying that the incident exemplifies deteriorating law and order in the state. Chaudhary also alleged that police were working at the behest of cabinet minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon.
Tarn Taran SSP Rajjit Singh maintained that investigations in the case were still in progress. He assured the agitators that the police were conducting raids on all possible hideouts of the accused who would be arrested soon.
Tension had erupted in the area after Sukhraj was killed. The PYC members had alleged that all three accused brothers were Akali supporters.