Chidambaram to take up Congress workers' victimisation with Badal
Union home minister P Chidambaram on Friday said he would take up the issue of alleged victimisation of Congress workers besides police atrocities on them with chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.punjab Updated: Jul 14, 2012 00:50 IST
Union home minister P Chidambaram on Friday said he would take up the issue of alleged victimisation of Congress workers besides police atrocities on them with chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.
He also expressed concern over the "non-existent" police complaints authority in the state, though "the state government claims of having one in place".
Congress leaders Ambika Soni and Pawan Kumar Bansal accompanied Chidambaram while he was hearing grievances of party workers from Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh at the Punjab Bhawan here.
Chidambaram was addressing the concern of the Punjab Congress leaders and CLP leader Sunil Jakhar about the cases of police atrocities on Congress workers.
PCC vice-president Ashwani Sekhri raised the issue of the recent custodial death of a Congress worker in Batala. He informed Chidambaram that instead of booking the SHO concerned, the police had tried to falsely implicate another Congress worker in the case.
"The Congress leaders tried to take up the issue with the chief minister, but to no effect. The case quoted by Sekhri is not an isolated one, but just an example," claimed Jakhar.
The Congress leaders also suggested that all central grants to the state be equitably distributed and the distribution strictly monitored. Earlier, during his address, state Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh said it was a matter of satisfaction that party president Sonia Gandhi had been insisting that the central ministers visit the party offices in whichever state they went.
"Such visits will boost the morale of the party cadres as they will be able to list their grievances to the central ministers as the state government was victimising them," Amarinder said.
First Published: Jul 14, 2012 00:43 IST