Behbal Kalan firing: Handing over case to CBI a delay tactic of Punjab govt, say parallel jathedars
The state government on Monday announced its decision to hand over these cases to the CBI.punjab Updated: Jul 31, 2018 09:20 IST
Radical Sarbat Khalsa-appointed parallel jathedars on Monday said Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh has followed in the footsteps of the Badals by handing over the Behbal Kalan firing case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) only to delay the probe and shield some officials.
The state government on Monday announced its decision to hand over these cases to the CBI.
Dhian Singh Mand, the officiating parallel jathedar of the Akal Takht who along with others has been protesting at Behbal Kalan for two months, said the then Akali Dal government had handed over three cases of Guru Granth Sahib sacrilege to the CBI in 2015 but the accused (dera followers) were arrested by the Punjab Police’s special investigation team (SIT) in June this year.
Mand said that both the SAD and the Congress are playing a fixed match as their governments failed to provide justice in the matter.
Another parallel jathedar Baljit Singh Daduwal said officers, especially juniors, should not be made scapegoats in the firing episode while the real culprits who gave firing orders need to be brought to the book.
“We never demanded a CBI probe into any case but we welcome the government’s decision to give compensation to the firing victims’ families.
“We have not received a single penny from the radical organization, Sikhs for Justice. We are ready for probe into this,” Daduwal said replying to the SAD’s allegation that the Sikhs for Justice and Pakistan’s ISI are funding the Bargari protest.
First Published: Jul 30, 2018 21:19 IST