Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh today expressed shock over the reports of rape of women commuters on GT Road in Haryana and the selective targeting of Punjabis in which their properties were ransacked and set on fire.
"It is shocking and shameful that the protesters targeted women by molesting and raping them while the government went into hibernation leaving the field open for the goons and lumpen elements”, he said in a statement issued here today.
Condemning the incidents, Capt Amarinder sought an explanation from the BJP governments at the centre and Haryana for their failure to protect the life, honour and property of the people there.
"It is shocking to know that the same people who fled the violence in Pakistan at the time to partition and settled down here were again made targets of sectarian violence by the same people whom they thought to be their own”, he said, while seeking strict action against the culprits.
The former Punjab Chief Minister also condemned the criminal silence of the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who did not bother to raise any concern with his Haryana counterpart or the central government.
"While the Punjabis were being selectively targeted in Haryana our Chief Minister was indulging in his favourite pastime by holding Sangat Darshan somewhere in Punjab”, he said, while seeking security and protection for the Punjabis in the neighbouring state.