Captain Amarinder on Saturday held Former CM Parkash Singh Badal squarely responsible for the Behbal Kalan police firing in the wake of the 2015 Bargari sacrilege incident, saying he was sure the fresh Commission of Inquiry probing the matter would expose the involvement of the former chief minister.
Two persons were killed allegedly in police firing when violent protests had erupted in Faridkot district over the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib in October 2015. The Justice Zora Singh Commission of Inquiry had held the police firing at Behbal Kalan as "absolutely unwarranted".
"How can a superintendent of police order firing? He was clearly instructed to do so," Singh said at a felicitation function organized by Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) and attended by a host of luminaries.
Pointing to the spate of sacrilege incidents during the erstwhile Badal government rule, the CM said the Akali tenure had witnessed 183 such incidents, of which 121 remained unsolved, in contrast to the 13 incidents reported since the Congress government took over, of which 12 had been solved.
The Akalis had always played politics with religion, using it to further their own political ends, said Amarinder, lambasting the erstwhile ruling party of ruining the state’s economy and creating communal unrest.
He further said that the false cases registered under the Badal rule were also a matter of concern and the commission set up by his government to inquiry into those would identify the culprits and bring them to book. More than 1 lakh fake cases had been registered against innocent people by the Akali government, he pointed out, adding that as many as 28 cases had been registered against a boy in Ajnala, clearly showing their vindictiveness.
SAD Delhi president Paramjit Singh Sarna presented a memento to the Punjab Chief Minister at the event, which was attended by various Sikh organisations of Delhi, prominent industrialists, legal luminaries and others.
Captain Amarinder’s wife and former Union Minister Preneet Kaur, former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Deputy Speaker Punjab Vidhan Sabha Ajaib Singh Bhatti, and ex SGPC secretary and Akali leader Manjit Singh Calcutta also attended the function.