Chandigarh, September 5, 2019 (Yes Punjab News)
State president of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and parliamentarian Bhagwant Mann, has expressed his deep anguish and agony over the loss of lives in the Batala firecracker factory blast and demanded a judicial probe into the incident to check recurrence such fatal incidents in the near future.
In a statement issued from party headquarters in Chandigarh on Thursday, Mann said that had the dispensation shunned its laidback attitude and taken the onus of peoples’ safety and security upon it, the incident could have been averted, saying that the corruption-riddled system and highly irresponsible behavior to tackle on the part of those at the helms had devastated the entire the entire system in place, as a result of which such macabre incidents had refused to stop in the state.
Mann said if reports available were to be believed, this was the second major incident in which lives were lost, saying similar mishaps had occurred at Sular Gharat (Sangrur) and at Jalandhar areas. He said that the government in the saddle and the local administration were responsible for the safety and security of the people of the state and both were head over heels entrenched in corruption.
Raising an accusing finger on the state government in the state, the AAP MP questioned as to who and how permission was granted to run cracker and other combustible material factories in and around the densely populated areas.
Mann further said that the million-dollar question was “how and why such incidents take place despite the stringent safety laws in place?”, adding that the established norms were thrown out of the window due to rampant corruption and violation of the established norms due to the government-sponsored ‘mafia raj’ ruling the roost, which had led to spurt in such incidents.
Mann demanded that the Captain Amarinder Singh government should take the onus of identifying such factories firecracker and other combustible material factories in the state and do a precious little relocate them from the residential areas and set them up at designated focal points and industrial areas under the government subsidy so that such incident did not recur.