Chandigarh, November 21, 2019 (Yes Punjab News)
Former minister Bikram Singh Majithia today said the gruesome killing of former Akali Sarpanch Dalbir Dhilwan in Dera Baba Nanak was a political murder which was executed as part of a Minister – gangster – police nexus to take revenge for an incident in 2004 during the course of which Jails minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa’s turban was toppled.
He demanded the immediate dismissal of the minister and asked Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi why they were silent when such atrocities were being committed by their workers and leaders.
Addressing a press conference here, Mr Majithia said there were complaints of booth capturing in Dhilwan village during the 2004 parliamentary elections during Sukhjinder Randhawa’s visit to the village and in the ensuing scuffle with family members of Dalbir Dhilwan the then chief parliamentary secretary’s turban had been toppled. “Randhawa held Dalbir and his father Sant Singh responsible for this act and threatened Sant that he had lost two sons and would lose another one”.
Mr Majithia said subsequently in 2004 during the SGPC election ten members of Dalbir’s family were arrested on trumped up charges and Dalbir was even tortured. “Nothing happened for the next ten years during the SAD–BJP government but now in Congress rule Dalbir was again attacked to take revenge and suffered a horrible death after being shot 15 times and even having his legs cut off”.
Stating that he was making these disclosures along with documentary evidence at the instance of Mr Sukhjinder Randhawa, the SAD leader also asserted that notorious gangster Jaggu Bhaganwanpura, whose mother had the support of the Jails minister as Member, Panchayat of Bhagwanpura village in Dera Baba Nanak, was flourishing in Congress rule.
He cited media reports of senior police officials disclosing how Bhagwanpura was using phones in jail and also running an extortion racket from jail with the support of 33 associates.
Mr Majithia also cited how the District police was taking great pains to announce that the murder of Dalbir Dhilwan was not a political murder. He said Gurdaspur SSP Opinderjit Ghuman was acting like a Congress Spokesman by announcing within 15 minutes of the murder that there was no political motive behind the killing.
He said the SSP was even trying to mislead the people by stating that the murder was due to a land dispute. He showed revenue records to prove that that the killers and Dalbir Dhilwan did not share common boundaries.
The Akali leader said it was unfortunate that even yesterday the SSP had claimed that a political tinge was being given to the incident even though he had not met the family nor affected an arrest even 72 hours after the incident.
Mr Majithia said the truth was that the SSP and the local police were not even ready to record the statement of the victim family. He said Dalbir Dhilwan’s son Sandeep had now written to the DGP stating that his father had been murdered by Congressmen under political patronage of Sukhjinder Randhawa and that the local police were not recording the statement of the family.
Stating that the SAD would not remain silent and would pursue all avenues, including approaching the High court to ensure justice to Dalbir Dhilwan’s family, the SAD leader said the Congress party had unleashed the same human rights violations as seen during the tenure of former chief minister Beant Singh.
He said the social fabric in the State was being destroyed as part of a deliberate strategy.“We will expose attempts to cover up the political murder of Dalbir besides going to the people and exposing the other such murders including that of Jagmel Singh in Sangrur, Neha Shorey in Mohali and Gurbachan Singh in Gurdaspur besides others”.
Speaking on the occasion, former Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa said all recent killings had witnessed a set pattern under which Congress workers had committed a crime and the police had indulged in a cover up exercise.
He said even in the case of Dalit Jagmel Singh’s killing the police did not take any action when he was first beaten up by the same persons and even forced him to enter into a compromise with his oppressors.
He said even after the murder of Jagmel, police sheltered political persons who were behind it and indulged in a cover up exercise by stating that the victim was mentally unstable besides falsely asserting that it was a Dalit – Zamindar issue.