“No one gave us justice in over 4.5 years… What will they do now in less than five months? First let them resolve their own fights, then worry about us.” There will not be a lot hope within the voice of Resham Singh, brother of Krishan Bhagwan Singh who was killed in police firing in Faridkot’s Behbal Kalan in 2015 whereas protesting towards the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib.
Bringing justice to the 2 households who misplaced their kin within the firing and arresting the ‘real culprits’ of the 2015 sacrilege instances was the large situation on which Navjot Singh Sidhu grew to become Congress state chief. And now a Dalit Sikh chief and Sidhu’s chief backer from the Malwa area, Charanjit Singh Channi, has been made the Chief Minister, changing Captain Amarinder Singh. Delivering on this main election situation in Punjab goes to be Channi-Sidhu mix’s largest problem within the subsequent 5 months.
Resham Singh’s father, Mohinder Singh, raises the demand instantly — arrest former chief minister Prakash Singh Badal after which house minister Sukhbir Badal. “The Badal father-son duo were responsible for the firing. They are free. Sukhbir Badal was the home minister and Sumedh Singh Saini was the DGP. Will they be arrested now?” 71-year-old Mohinder Singh asks whereas talking to News18.
Resham Singh remembers that Sidhu did go to them a couple of years in the past when he was a minister, however Amarinder Singh by no means did because the CM. “He took a vow holding our holy book in his hand, but did not deliver. They are still fighting so bitterly amongst themselves – we have no faith left in the government. A Special Investigation Team (SIT) was set up few months ago under IG Naunihal Singh to probe these killings. It has not even contacted us,” says Singh.
Two separate SITs have been arrange by the Punjab authorities a couple of months in the past to probe the police firing and sacrilege instances, and the Badal father-son duo and Saini have been questioned by the SIT a couple of months in the past. The elimination of Captain Amarinder Singh as CM does elevate the spectre of some robust motion towards the Badals underneath the brand new regime. Captain was clearly hesitant to do the identical, saying the SITs have been working independently underneath the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s supervision and he couldn’t “break the law”.
But Navjot Singh Sidhu has been vociferous in his demand that the Badals be delivered to e book in these instances. Other Congress leaders like Partap Singh Bajwa had additionally demanded earlier that Captain Amarinder Singh ought to be sure that the SIT charge-sheets the Badals. Former PCC chief Sunil Jakhar has mentioned that the highway to profitable Punjab elections “goes through Behbal Kalan”.
A senior Akali Dal chief tells News18 that motion towards the Badals with out proof would get uncovered within the courts and boomerang on the Congress authorities within the state. “We all know that the Congress is under real pressure to woo the electorate in the last five months after failing to deliver on any performance in the last 4.5 years. The allegations against Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Badal are laughable and won’t stand for a minute in court,” the Akali Dal chief mentioned, talking on situation of anonymity.
He pointed to a High Court judgment in April which had trashed the proof introduced by an earlier SIT towards the Badals. Arresting the Badals additionally raises the prospect of them getting sympathy from their voter base citing political vendetta.
Captain’s Letter to Sonia
In his final letter to Sonia Gandhi because the CM on Saturday, Captain mentioned his authorities was dedicated to making sure justice on the difficulty of sacrilege instances and subsequent police motion. “Despite legal hurdles and refusal of the CBI to return the cases, which were transferred to them by the SAD-BJP government, my government had succeeded in filing 10 challans, while 24 persons had been charge-sheeted, 15 police personnel suspended, and 10 civilians arrested. The criminal proceedings in these cases are currently underway and I am sure that in due course, justice will be done,” Captain had written.
But this has clearly lower no ice with the social gathering excessive command or the sufferer’s households even because the latter allege that Amarinder had some “secret” understanding with the Badals. Can Channi and Sidhu smash this notion by appearing towards the Badals? This could decide the course of the 2022 Punjab elections in subsequent 5 months.
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