Union information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari expressed serious concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in Punjab.
He was addressing a large gathering at Galib Kalan village after laying the foundation stone of a 7.6-km-long link road on Sunday.
Tewari said the law and order situation had reached such a grave situation in the state that Akali workers attacked a senior police officer in Ludhiana a couple of days ago.
He said the law enforcing machinery was so much intimidated and threatened that the badly injured senior police officer did not even dared to lodge an FIR regarding attack on him by the leader of the ruling party.
Tewari said this had happened a few weeks after a police officer was gunned down by an Akali leader in Amritsar and it showed that even police personnel were not safe in Punjab.
The minister said by making false promises, the SAD-BJP combine succeeded in misguiding the masses in the last assembly elections, but now all sections of society, especially farmers, labourers, employees and youth, were absolutely disillusioned with the Punjab government.
Tewari said the situation of sand mafia had gone to such a sad state that even the Supreme Court had to intervene to ban illegal mining in Punjab.
The link road from Kokri Kalan via Galib Kalan up to the district boundary is being built at an estimated cost of Rs 4.62 crore and will benefit over 10 villages falling on the route for smooth flow of traffic and goods.
Earlier, Tewari laid the foundation stone for a 17.64-km-long road at Lakha, which will be built at an estimated cost of over Rs 11.82 crore.
Tewari also paid obeisance at Sri Guru Nanak Darbar in Jhande village where he was honoured with a siropa.