Over 50 political leaders of Moga district submit applications for seeking security
Citing past history of gang wars in Moga as danger to their lives, more than 50 leaders of various political parties in the district have submitted their applications for seeking security at the offices of higher Punjab police officials in Chandigarh.punjab Updated: Jun 30, 2015 19:28 IST
Citing past history of gang wars in Moga as danger to their lives, more than 50 leaders of various political parties in the district have submitted their applications for seeking security at the offices of higher Punjab police officials in Chandigarh.
Some leaders have now even started approaching Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for seeking gunmen to protect them for the 'rival gangs'. Sources said the political leaders have been citing the example of senior Akali leader Ranwinder Singh Pappu Ramoowala, a loyalist of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who was provided gunmen few months ago on the same reason.
Sukhwinder Singh Brar, who is a resident of Kotla Raike and is SAD vice-president, even met the deputy CM for seeking security guards. "During the 2013 panchayat elections, some armed men opened fire at my Innova car outside my village on July 2, 2013, while we were campaigning for SAD candidates. My son Harpreet Singh was seriously injured in the attack. I survived because my gunman opened fire on attackers. The police had registered a case under Sections 307, 323, 427, 148, 149 of Indian Penal Code and 25-54-59 of Arms Act," said Brar.
Brar added, "Interestingly, after the attack, the police department withdrew the single gunman given to me. Immediately, I wrote a letter to Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini, expressing apprehension of my murder by the members of a gang who are presently lodged in Faridkot Central Jail. But nobody paid attention on my grievances."
Brar had unsuccessfully contested the Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections from Baghapurana constituency as Lok Bhalai Party candidate in 2007 assembly elections. Later, he joined SAD.
The Akali leader said he has submitted a letter to the deputy CM recently, stating that during the militancy period a group of hardcore terrorists had entered his house and had snatched his .315 bore gun. "Now, I am also under threat," he added.
Jatinder Singh Khaira, senior superintendent of police (SSP), said, "As per norms, if Punjab ADGP (security) orders to us to provide security guards to any person, we provide gunmen immediately. But without any order from the ADGP office, there is no prevision to provide security to anybody."
SSP added that as per rules if deserving person paid Rs 60, 000 per month to the department, he could take gunman from the police.
THE BRUTAL PAST
It must be mentioned that sarpanch Rachhpal Singh of Daudhar village in Moga district was shot dead on April 22, 2010. The sarpanch was affiliated to the ruling SAD. The police officials had said Rachhpal Singh's murder appeared to be the result of his old enmity with a gang.
Likewise, some assailants had shot dead Gajiana village sarpanch Inderjeet Singh alias Happy at Lopo village in Nihal Singh Walal area on March 6, 2010. Inderjeet also belonged to Shiromani Akali Dal.
Two year ago, zila parishad member Gurmail Singh Khai and Karam Singh Khai, both brothers who were senior SAD leaders, and Gurmail Singh Khai, president of Truck Union of Nihal Singh Wala, were killed by their rival group.
Besides, former Punjab MLA from Barnala assembly constituency and senior Akali leader Malkit Singh Keetu had died after he was allegedly shot at by his nephews and two other miscreants at his native village Bilaspur in Nihal Singh Wala area (Moga) on October 29, 2012.
Another SAD leader Sukhdev Singh of Talwandi Bhangereian village in this district was shot dead on September 10, 2013. Similarly Sukhvir Singh Kaku of Landhe Ke village was allegedly shot dead two years back by gang members.