Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today demanded the immediate sacking of Jails minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa for the complete breakdown of law and order in jails in Punjab as well as a judicial inquiry into the violent clashes and subsequent break out of prisoners from the Ludhiana central jail.
Expressing shock at the turn of events at the Ludhiana central jail, the former deputy chief minister said such a security lapse was unprecedented in the history of Punjab. “Prisoners rebelled, used gas cylinders to conduct blasts and even chased and injured prison guards including a DSP besides breaking out from the jail.
This is indicative of a complete breakdown in administration of jails in Punjab. A clean up exercise is needed and can only be done by sacking Sukhjinder Randhawa immediately. A probe should also be ordered to ascertain what led to this incident and why the jail administration failed to control it. This inquiry should be conducted by a sitting judge to the Punjab and Haryana high court”.
Stating that Randhawa had the worst possible record as Jails minister, Mr Badal said only last week the State had witnessed the brutal murder of sacrilege accused Mohinderpal Bittu in Nabha maximum security jail. “Earlier we have continuously witnessed cases of drug seizures and use of mobile phones in jails.
The Patiala jail has even witnessed sodomy being conducted on jail inmates in league with jail officials to extort money from them. There are also widespread reports of corruption and mismanagement”.
He said even now the Jails minister instead of realizing his mistake and resigning immediately was giving statements about need for central forces in State jails. “This proves the minister has failed in his job completely and is searching for alibis. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh should sack him immediately”.
Stating that the Ludhiana incident was symptomatic of the law and order situation in Punjab, the SAD president said the State had descended into rule of jungle. “This is a direct result of the free run given to Congress leaders to settle political scores with their opponents by getting false cases registered against them.
Criminals have taken advantage of this and gang wars, dacoities and snatchings have also increased manifold. Drug menace has also increased. Young children, including girls, are dying of drug overdoses. The chief minister is oblivious to the situation as he has no direct contact with the people.
His ministers, legislators and halqa incharge have corrupted the entire system and are committing atrocities on the common man. The SAD will not shirk from its duty and will launch a protest movement to force the deaf government to clean up its act and improve the law and order situation in the State”, Mr Badal added.