Faridkot, April 24, 2019 (Yes Punjab News)
Unleashing a virtual war on the Badals, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday made it clear that they could not escape investigation in the Bargari and Kotakpura firing cases by getting an SIT officer shifted out by the BJP-controlled Election Commission.
Taking the Badals head-on over the Bargari and Kotakpura police firing incidents, the Chief Minister warned that they could not evade inquiry by using their influence with the ruling BJP to get DIG Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh shifted by the Election Commission from the SIT probing the case.
“The EC belongs to the BJP and they got the officer removed, despite the fact that even courts do not interfere in ongoing investigations,” he pointed out, declaring that the same officers would probe the case and take it to its logical conclusion once the elections are over.
“They (the Badals) have simply managed to delay the probe for some time, but they will eventually have to pay,” said the Chief Minister, vowing to ensure that nobody found guilty of the crime escapes punishment. He was addressing a public gathering in Faridkot, in support of Congress candidate Mohd. Sadiq, who filed his nomination papers today.
Taking a dig at Prakash Singh Badal for claiming ignorance about the Bargari and Kotakpura firing, Captain Amarinder termed it a complete lie, pointing out that “no officer could have opened fire without orders from the top.” The fact that they (the Badal government) did not accept the findings of their own Zora Singh Commission showed that they had something to hide, he said, pointing out that on the night of the incident, local Kotkapura Akali MLA Mantar Brar made 113 calls from the SHO’s office to the then Chief minister.
“They knew everything but chose to keep quiet,’ said the Chief Minister, observing that the Badals failed to take any action when the Guru Granth Sahib was being desecrated. “Why did you not do anything then, Sukhbir? You were the home minister and the deputy chief minister, and your own father was the chief minister of the state,” asked Captain Amarinder.