All India Congress Committee vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday met the families of of the two men killed in the October 14 police firing at Behbal Kalan in Faridkot district.
Rahul, who arrived in Kotkapura town earlier in the day, visited the house of police firing victim Gurjit Singh in Sarawan village first. He spent over 20 minutes with the victim’s family.
Gandhi assured the victims’ families of justice and said that he would meet the President with a delegation and demand probe by a sitting Apex Court judge.
He also met the family of Kishan Singh of Niami Wala village, another victim of the police firing in Behbal kalan.
Rahul was accompanied by Punjab Congress putting up a united show with state Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa, former chief minister and deputy leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Amarinder Singh, Punjab Congress Legislature party leader Sunil Jakhar, Indian Youth Congress president Amrinder Singh Raja Warring and former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal.
The AICC vice president also launched his padyatra, meeting people on the way. He also criticised the ruling combine for the plight of farmers in the state and also raised concerned about the problem of drug addiction in the state.
“Only Akalis are prospering in Punjab, only they seem to have a future, we want everyone in Punjab to have prosperous future,” he said.
“I assure you that the Congress party in Punjab will fight for you as one unit against the ruling government,” he added.
“Earlier, when I had said that there is a problem of drugs in Punjab then people had made fun of me”, he recalled.
The Congress Vice President told the local party leaders accompanying him, “We have to be together. Punjab Congress will fight the 2017 Assembly polls as one unit.”
Earlier on his way from Sarawan to Niamiwala village, Rahul met students of Government Primary School at Guru Shar village and exchanged pleasantries with the young ones
Later, Rahul spent some time in a dharamshala of village Guru Shar and interacted with locals over a cup of tea who shared their problems with Gandhi.
This is the first time since Gandhi’s post-Lok Sabha visit to Chandigarh last year in October that both Amarinder and Bajwa have put up a united face. The show of solidarity comes as the party gears up for the 2017 Assembly elections.
During his two-day visit to the state, Rahul is also expected to meet farmers in Bathinda district besides families of the 1984 riot victims.
The Congress vice-president’s visit to the state comes at a time when the state has witnessed protests over incidents of sacrilege.
Hardliners and Sikhs owing allegiance to different organisations have sought exemplary punishment for the cops involved in the firing incident.
Bargari was the epicentre of the Sikhs’ protests against the incidents of sacrilege of the holy book in the state.
Rahul had earlier visited Punjab in April. He had then visited three grain markets of the state, including Asia’s largest grain market in Khanna.
(With Agency Inputs)