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Sidhu says police action in Kotkapura was planned in advance

Sidhu released a CCTV footage of action on anti-sacrilege protesters in 2015.

punjab Updated: Sep 06, 2018 23:18 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu. (HT Photo)

Local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday released a video footage showing police action on anti-sacrilege protesters at Kotkapura on October 14, 2015.

Terming the action brutal, Sidhu said this was possible only with the consent of then chief minister Parkash Singh Badal. The CCTV footage was procured from different cameras installed on the main road connecting Moga, Jaitu, Muktsar at Kotkapura in Faridkot, Sidhu said.

Demanding action against Badal and then deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal, Sidhu said Sukhbir should explain how the police action took place as he also held the charge of home department then. The videos show police dragging Sikh preacher Panthpreet Singh, cops firing in the air and using water cannon on protesters. The protesters were also seen charging towards the police. Before the commotion began, then Bathinda DIG Ranbir Singh Khatra is seen talking to Panthpreet and Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale.

Referring to the Justice Ranjit Singh (retd) Commission report, Sidhu said the action against the protestors was planned in advance as then Kotkapura senior medical officer was alerted by the then Faridkot deputy commissioner three hours before the police action to be prepared in the hospital. The police action began at 6.45am, said Sidhu.

The commission, whose report was tabled in the assembly last month, had held the police responsible for using force at the protesters in Kotkapura, while describing it as “unprovoked, unwarranted and uncalled”.

“Ranjit panel brought on record the video recordings in the report, which was denied to Justice Zora Singh panel formed by the Akali-BJP government saying that the cameras were damaged,” said Sidhu.

“If the Badals have a counterpoint against the Ranjit panel report, they should speak out,” said Sidhu.

First Published: Sep 06, 2018 23:17 IST