Punjab Unrest Result Of Badal Govt’s Failure, Says Cong’s Bajwa

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CHANDIGARH – The Punjab Congress has sought a probe by a sitting Supreme Court judge into the sacrilege incidents and the police firing wherein two protesters were killed in Faridkot district.

The Congress has rejected the probe by a judicial commission, headed by a retired judge of the high court, saying it had no faith in such a probe earmarked by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

“Both Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Badal should tender their resignations for their failure to check the growing unrest in the state,” read a joint statement by PPCC chief Partap Bajwa, Shamsher Singh Dullo, Brahm Mohindra, Joginder Pal Pandey and Ravneet Bittu.

Bajwa said “No law permits the use of live cartridges on people protesting peacefully. No police officer has been booked for killing the two youths,” he said.

“The current situation is an outcome of an overdose of Badals’ interference into working of Sikh institutions, bureaucracy and the police force. Punjab had never faced a situation,” he alleged.

“No section including, the Punjabi diaspora has any faith in the Badals and their style of governance. The deployment of paramilitary forces in the state showcases the lack of faith of the Centre in the Akali government,” Bajwa added.

The leaders demanded cases registered against Congress MP Ravnit Singh Bittu be withdrawn