Chandigarh, Saturday, 29 December 2012. The radical Sikh organisation Dal Khalsa today contested the apprehension raised by Director General of Punjab Police Sumedh Singh Saini about the revival of terrorism and said he was trying to cover up the failure in containing deteriorating law and order situation in the state. The organisation also condoled the death of the girl who was subjected to brutal gang rape in Delhi.
Party chief H S Dhami said it was wrong to link the arrest of militant leader Daljit Singh Bittu and SGPC member Kulbir Singh Barapind with the revival of terrorism and said it was on the ground that state’s political as well as police leadership had some grudges. “Those who are at helm of affairs at political as well as police level be it in state or centre, do not want to see former militants joining and giving politics a try to further their cause”, he added.
Contesting another claim by the DGP that marches organized by radical groups in the month of March-April were aimed at disturbing peace in the state, he said cutting across party lines, the youth hit the streets to save Balwant Singh Rajoana from gallows at the call of Jathedar, Akal Takht and Panthic groups.
He said the DGP had reiterated that during militancy period 1,784 cops had lost their lives, which was very unfortunate because many were targeted just because they were wearing uniform. However, Dhami wondered why the DGP had not revealed how many citizens, that included sympathizers of movement, relatives of militants, human rights activists, lawyers, and ordinary men and women unconnected with the movement, lost their lives at the hands of Punjab cops during those 10 years. The DGP must also tell the numbers of slain militants that were killed by security forces in real and stage managed encounters.
Meanwhile, condoling the death of the girl, he said, “All members of my group join me in mourning the demise of 23 year old woman, who was gang-raped in Delhi”. He demanded that culprits should be handed exemplary punishment so that no one could dare to think of doing such ghastly and barbaric act against woman in future. He said the party was also deeply moved by another shameful incident of rape of Patiala girl, who committed suicide because of inaction of the local police against the rapists and expressed grief and condolences to her family.