The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Friday castigated former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh for resorting to “diversionary tactics to protect perpetrators of the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib”.
Lambasting the Congress MP for trying to vilify chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, senior SAD leader and MP Prem Singh Chandumajra said Amarinder’s statement of disagreeing with the state taking appropriate action to tackle the situation was proof that Amarinder did not want perpetrators of this ghastly act to be unmasked. “Is this because you are afraid that such a development will lead investigators to truths you would not like disclosed?” he asked.
The Akali MP said Amarinder seemed to be suffering from selective amnesia because the latter had chosen to divert the attention of people, especially Sikhs, whose sentiments were deeply outraged by the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib.
Sukhbir must quit as home minister: Bajwa
Chandigarh: Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa on Thursday asked deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal to fix responsibility for the “unprovoked police firing” in Faridkot district’s Behbal Kalan village which led to the death of two persons.
Bajwa, in a statement here, said the police action against peaceful protesters was not only inhuman but also barbaric, for which Sukhbir, being the home minister, must own moral responsibility and quit.
He said the flip-flop of first registering cases against hundreds of innocent people and then withdrawing the same clearly showed that Sukhbir was not in command or had developed strong differences with Punjab director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini.
“It must be told that who ordered the cops to open fire as it is too well known in the state that even a theft complaint can’t be registered at a police station without a nod from local Akali leaders,” Bajwa said.
Free treatment of all injured
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal announced free treatment of all those injured during the protests in the aftermath of the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib at Faridkot district’s Bargari village and other places across the state. In a statement here, Badal said instructions in this regard had already been passed on to the deputy commissioners concerned.