Taking a serious view of the reported merciless assault on four Sikh men in Ajmer, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday spoke to his Rajasthan counterpart, Vasundhara Raje Scindia, to seek her personal intervention in ensuring a thorough probe into the incident of mob violence and stringent action against the constable alleged to have abetted the crowd.
Amarinder also urged Rajasthan Chief Minister to direct the police to take immediate steps to prevent recurrence of such incidents, which could escalate if not curbed through strong and prompt action by the police. Describing the reported incident as unfortunate, Captain said the Rajasthan government needed to fix culpability and ensure that the culprits are duly punished.
The Chief Minister expressed serious concern over the fact that the incident, which reportedly took place in April, was being sought to be give a communal hue, as per media reports. He expressed shock at the fact that the incident did not come to the notice of the local police till a video surfaced on the social media showing the mob drag the four Sikhs out of a Bolera SUV and thrashing them mercilessly.
He further said he was shocked at reports of a constable, who reached the spot, not only failing to save the victims but in fact found instigating the crowd to "teach them a lesson.” He urged the Rajasthan Chief Minister to ensure an inquiry into the charges and take serious action against the cop if found guilty.
Though the Rajasthan State Minorities Commission has reportedly taken cognizance of the April 24 video and sought a report on action taken by the Ajmer police, a strong signal needed to be sent to the perpetrators of the violence by the political dispensation of the state, said Amarinder.
The fact that the four victims were sevadars from an Alwar gurudwara and had stopped at Rajgarh village for langar and alms makes the whole affair even more condemnable, the Punjab Chief Minister said, adding that such intolerance had no place in a civilized society and any attempt to create communal strife should be nipped in the bud.