Day after revival of terrorism claim, police chief faces flak

Contesting the claims made by Punjab DGP S S Saini linking the arrest of Daljit Singh with revival of terrorism in Punjab, the Dal Khalsa, on Saturday, called the claim a bluff and untrue. Party head H S Dhami said the detention of Daljit Singh time and again was clearly on the ground that state's political as well as police leadership has grudges against the former militant because of his past (militant) actions, "Those who are at helm of affairs at political as well as police level be it in state or centre, don't want to see former militants joining and giving politics a try to further their cause."

He condemned the police force for humiliating and inflicting torture on Daljit and his colleague SGPC member Kulbir Singh Barapind during investigation. He asked the DGP to be sensitive and fair and stop witch-hunting. He said the DGP was raising the bogey of terrorism only to "cover-up" the failures of his department in maintaining the rule of law in the state.

Detesting another claim by the DGP that marches organized by radical groups in the month of March-April were aimed at disturbing peace of the state, he said cutting across party lines, youth hit the streets to save Balwant Singh Rajoana from gallows at the call of Jathedar, Akal Takht and Panthic groups.

Also slammed by youth Cong

Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) president Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary expressed deep shock at the statement of DGP Sumedh Singh Saini, who called the shooting of ASI at Amritsar and suicide by the gang rape victim as 'individual offences' and not a 'law and order' problem.

"How can a senior policeman justify (this) unprofessional statement when apart from huge hauls of drugs, shooting of police personnel, gangrapes and then assaulton officers of AIG rank leaving him with broken limbs doesn't amount to law and order problem," he asked.

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