Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh has accused the Badal government with connivance in the Nabha jail break, saying the Khalistani terrorist and other dreaded gangsters had been deliberately freed from prison for use by the Akalis during the Assembly elections. Alleging that the brazen daylight jail break would not have been possible with government complicity, Amarinder said the Badal -led Akalis were setting the stage for large -scale violence, even terror attacks, in the state ahead of the polls.
Amarinder Singh said he and his party had already raised the issue of complete law and order breakdown in the state, with the Election Commission, which was working on creating a favourable environment for free and fair polls. He reiterated the demand for President’s rule in the state, saying that with 52 criminal gangs active in Punjab — as per the DGP’s own admission — it was clear that the Badal -led Akalis were hell -bent on destroying peace in Punjab to win the elections.
Amarinder Singh dismissed the suspension of jail officials by the Badal government in the wake of the jail break as mere eyewash, aimed at befooling the people. He also expressed grief at the reported killing of a woman in firing by the police at a picket set up to chase the absconded gangsters. “As usual, it was the innocent who were suffering while the real culprits had escaped. The jail break has triggered fears of revival of terrorism ahead of the assembly elections,” he said.
Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Charanjit Singh Channi criticised Punjab home minister Sukhbir Badal and minister Bikram Majithia, claiming that they were involved in the Nabha jailbreak. Channi claimed this was not at all possible without the direct connivance of home minister and the police officials. He said the formation of SIT by the Badal government was mere eyewash.
Online Source: The Times Of India.