‘Stop demoralising the police’

The Congress on Tuesday condemned the "brutal assault" on AIG (Intelligence) S S Mand by a Youth Akali Dal leader in full public view and said that the incident has exposed the functioning of the ruling Akali Dal and its youth wing. It also warned the Akali Dal against demoralising the Punjab Police as it will have alarming repercussions for the state.

"An Akali leader killed an ASI, some Akali leaders beat up a traffic police officer and now a senior police officer has been beaten up in full public view in Ludhiana and broken his leg. The incident has vindicated Congress's stand that goons groomed and patronised by (Revenue Minister) Bikramjit Majithia have run amok and become a law unto themselves," state Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh said.

Mand was allegedly assaulted by Sunny Goodwill, a YAD leader considered close to Majithia.

Warning Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Amarinder said "it was still not that late to tame Bikram" lest he led the state into anarchy.

"It took almost 24 hours for the police to register a case in the incident just because the culprits were close to Majithia. If an SSP rank officer cannot get his complaint registered even after having been brutally thrashed in full public view, what will be the plight of a common man," he added.

In a separate statement, Congress party MLAs Lal Singh, Brahm Mohindra, Parminder Singh, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Navtej Singh Cheema and Amarinder Singh Raja Warring said the latest case has further reinforced the perception in public mind that none, including the police officers, are safe in Punjab.

In a related development, reacting to the incidents of assault on policemen, Congress MP from Gurdaspur, Pratap Singh Bajwa, said no person or property is safe in Punjab.

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