Capt storms police station, blasts cops for ‘harassing’ Cong workers
Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday warned the station house officer (SHO) Kotli Surat Malhi to stop prosecution of Congress workers.Updated: Oct 12, 2016 20:33 IST
Accusing the Kolti Surat Malhi station house officer (SHO) Manjit Singh of threatening and victimising Congress workers at the behest of Akali Dal leaders, party’s Punjab chief Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday stormed the police station here.
He was accompanied by Dera Baba Nanak MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and hundreds of Congress workers.
Reacting to complaints from party workers at Gurdaspur’s Kolti Surat Malhi village against the SHO that he was forcing them to join the Akali Dal, Amarinder said policemen in the belt were acting as puppets in the hands of Akalis and were slapping false cases against Congress workers. “Enough is enough. I won’t let anyone to get away with the persecution of Congress workers. I will use special powers vested with the government under Article 311 of the Constitution to dismiss officials if they continue to terrorise Congress workers,” he said.
Lashing at policemen, Amarinder said: “During my previous tenure as the CM, I had dismissed 23 officials under Article 311 and today I am warning all such corrupt and biased officials to stop victimising Congress workers else strict action will be initiated against them once the Congress forms the government in the state.”
Amarinder also spoke to Batala senior superintendent of police Daljinder Singh over phone and demanded immediate suspension of the SHO.
Party workers also accused the SHO and deputy superintendent of police Surinder Bansal of patronising drug trade in the area. However, both the officials left before Amarinder reached the police station.
Speaking on the occasion, Randhawa said police have slapped false cases against more than 1,000 Congress workers in Dera Baba Nanak and Fatehgarh Churian in the past two-three years. He alleged that many party workers had been
Asking the government to conduct a dope test on Dera Baba Nanak SHO Zarnail Singh and Kotli Surat Malhi SHO Manjit Singh, Randhawa said: “I will quit from the legislative assembly if both these officers clear the test.”
CAPT ISSUES ‘LOOKOUT’ NOTICE FOR GOVT
Amarinder also visited farmers’ houses at Kotli Surat Malhi village to launch Congress’ door-to-door campaign. He also met the farmers in Fatehgarh Churian, Kalanaur, Dera Baba Nanak, Ghiana-Ke-Bet and Batala grain markets where he blamed the Akali-BJP government for the distress sale of paddy.
He also issued a “lookout” notice for the state government, saying it had gone missing from the grain markets. “With the government disappearing from the scene, farmers have been forced to resort to distress selling of paddy at rates much lower than the minimum support price,” he said.
The farmers said their produce was lying out in the open in grain markets. This could lead to increase in the moisture content, they added. “Procurement agencies are missing. We have no option but to sell our produce at Rs 1,200 per quintal instead of MSP of Rs 1,510.
First Published: Oct 12, 2016 14:20 IST