Zora panel report: Badal promises action, Captain says attempt to hide facts

  • PTI/HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 02, 2016 18:22 IST
“The commission appears to have worked overtime to hide what was needed to be revealed,” Amarinder said. Badal, however, guaranteed action. (HT Photo)

Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh rejected the Justice Zora Singh (retd) Commission report on alleged sacrilege in Faridkot district last year and subsequent police firing on protesters that led to the death of two persons.

“The commission has defeated the purpose it was constituted for. It appears to have worked overtime to hide what was needed to be revealed,” he said in a statement here on Friday.

He said its mandate was not to “fix the compensation” for those killed or injured, but to arrive at an “unambiguous conclusion as who was responsible for the sacrilege and who was responsible for the killing of the protesters”.

“The panel has not even touched those topics,” Amarinder said, adding, “it has vindicated our apprehensions that the commission was an attempt to cover up facts rather than arriving at the truth”.

Awarding compensation to the victims is an administrative matter which can be handled by the government even without any recommendations, he added.

Amarinder said the compensation should be same for those killed and those handicapped for life.

He said two persons who had suffered spinal injuries and have been restricted to bed for life should get the same amount of compensation as those killed.

Action on report guaranteed: CM

Sangrur: Reacting to the Zora Singh Commission report on the Bargadi incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said on Friday here that he was yet to receive or read it but the action it recommended was guaranteed.

Justice Zora Singh (retd) submitted his 51-page report on Thursday (June 30). Addressing the media on the sidelines of his sangat darshan (public contact) prorgramme for five Dirba villages in Sangrur district on Friday, Badal said the state government would implement the report fully, even if it meant taking action against police.

“We will first analyse it, though,” the chief minister added.

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