Congress demands judicial probe in Punjab stand off
The Congress in Punjab on Thursday demanded a judicial probe to identify those behind the violence involving religious sect Dera Sachcha Sauda and Sikhs and rejected the charge by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal that the party is behind the turmoil.
The probe by a sitting judge of the High Court is needed to "expose those who are responsible for the present turmoil in the state" following the stand-off between Sikhs and Dera Sacha Sauda, said a meeting of office bearers of the party presided by PCC chief Shamsher Singh Dullo in Chandigarh.
A press release issued by Congress said the party strongly condemned the "failure" of SAD-BJP government led by Badal to control the law and order situation and instead "instigated" the miscreants to indulge in violence.
Congress leaders said Badal government had tried to shift the blame to Congress instead of admitting its "weak control over the administration, the police and intelligence agencies, which have so far failed in assessing the gravity of the situation arising out of "false" cases against the activists and others who happen to be their political opponents."
"As far as the dress and postures of the Dera head (which were alleged to be similar to that of tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh) are concerned, Congress firmly believes that no human being can be equated with the 10th Guru Gobind Singh.
"It is the thinking of misled Akali leaders who are trying to equate Sant Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh (Dera Sachcha Sauda) with Guru Gobind Singh although the Sant has never claimed any semblance with the Guru," the party release said.