The scars of the 1984 carnage will always remain on the psyche of every Sikh, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has said, adding that the community “can never forgive the Congress for plotting this dastardly act”.
Interacting with the media on Sunday here after laying the foundation stone of the new building of a police station, the CM said it was no secret that the Centre’s Congress government of that time had planned and executed the massacre. “This grave sin is a blot on the history of Indian polity. The Congress also rubbed salt into the Sikh wounds by shielding the perpetrators of this barbaric incident and honouring them with coveted posts,” said Badal.
He said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre had promised him justice to the victims. “The SAD is duty-bound to ensure that the perpetrators of this genocide are brought to book,” said the CM.
Refuting the charges of political vendetta that the opposition parties have levelled against the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) government, the CM said not even a single police case had been registered out of vendetta but anybody with grievance could approach him directly with facts.
Replying to a query, the CM said the state government was examining the allegations of fake encounters levelled by Gurmeet Singh Pinki, even though the former controversial police cat had no credibility and his character was doubtful. Pinki had claimed in an interview a few days ago that the former Punjab director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini had played a big role in the extra-judicial killings in the state during the 1980s and 1990s.
The CM further said the state government had laid special focus on maintaining law and order; hence the construction of new police stations and modernisation of the force. He said the new police station at Chohla Sahib would cost `1.56 crore and another at Tarn Taran would cost Rs 2 crore.
Sangat darshan at Khadoor Sahib
Addressing the public gatherings during sangat darshan (public contact) programme at Tur, Khan Chabri and Kahlwan villages of Khadoor Sahib assembly segment, the CM said the “massive response” to the Sadbhawna rallies in various districts had proved that the people of Punjab wanted peace and progress, and there was no space for divisive agenda.
He said the period of militancy had claimed more than 21,000 innocent lives and dragged Punjab behind in development. “Sadbhawna rallies are not for any political purpose but for promoting peace and communal harmony,” he added.