Tame ‘Bikram Brigade’: Capt to CM
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Condemning the murder of an assistant sub-inspector of police by SAD general secretary from Amritsar Urban in Amritsar, state Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday accused Punjab minister Bikram Majithia of "patronising goons and criminals, who had the audacity to kill an ASI who objected to his daughter being eve-teased".
Warning Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal against pushing Punjab towards lawlessness and jungle raj, Amarinder asked the CM to tame Majithia, "who has constituted a brand of criminals and is rewarding them with party posts".
"These people have no fear of law and have become a law unto themselves. The ASI could have been saved had the Akali goon and his associates not attacked him again while he was being taken to the hospital. The accused even fired at the police party that went to arrest him," he added.
Claiming that Badal was turning a blind eye to all that was happening, Amarinder said: "Badal is not so naive that he will not understand that Majithia has created a criminal brigand to intimidate opponents."
He added that a couple of months ago, one Nishan Singh — whose mother allegedly has close links with the SAD — had forcibly abducted a minor girl in Faridkot, while the police had been trying to shield him. "Now, another Akali leader has straightway shot dead a police officer," said the Congress chief.
Saying that merely suspending police officers was not going to improve law, Amarinder said Badal should first disband the Bikram Brigade. "If a policeman cannot be safe in today's Punjab, what will be the plight of the common man?" he asked.
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