For more than two decades, Punjab's politicians manage to remain silent after seven Sikh TADA prisoners are beaten to death inside a jail.
For more than nine years, Punjab's politicians manage to remain silent after the government in UP succeeds in getting the case against perpetrators closed.
Today, Punjab's politicians again managed to remain silent.
Hours after a top Indian national newspaper made explosive revelations about the horrendous crime and the sinister ways in which Mulayam Singh Yadav government connived to get the case closed against those who had murdered the Sikh men in their custody and injured 21 others inside the Pilibhit jail, not one MP from Punjab raised the issue in Parliament.
Not one MP.
Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal today held a press conference to claim how Punjab has become power surplus state. He managed to remain silent on Pilibhit murders inside jail. No journalist thought it worth his or her while to pose a question on the issue.
Punjab BJP chief Vijay Sampla held a meeting of his new state set up of the party. Not a single mention of the issue was made by Sampla or others.
The voluble Anand Sharma of Congress, who does nto let go of any issue to blast the BJP, did not think hurting Mulayam Singh Yadav or Akhilesh Yadav's government would help the Congress.
The Pilibhit massacre of Sikh TADA detenues inside the jail has united our politicians in this conspiracy of silence.
So far, Aam Aadmi Party seems part of the conspiracy. No hoardings are to be put up anywhere in Punjab about Pilibhit killngs. Attacking Majithia gets more votes, talking about killed TADA detenues and letting the killers scotfree is not good politics.
Only the Allahabad High Court has ordered that a notice be sent to the Uttar Pradesh government questioning the decision to withdraw a CB-CID inquiry and cases against the 42 Pilibhit district jail employees, responsible for the 1994 custodial death of seven TADA victims.
The seven TADA detenues were killed in Pilibhit jail on the intervening night of November 8-9, 1994 when they were brutally beaten up by the jail staff. Twenty-one suffered grievous injuries. The then chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had ordered a CB-CID probe against the 42 guilty jail staff.
The dramatic U-turn came in 2007 when the Mulayam Singh Yadav government came to power again. It permitted withdrawal of the case against the jail staff.
The issue was revived following a report in The Tribune on May 9 this year. The Indian Express came up with a detailed explosive story on July 27, 2016.
The politicians came up with their reaction -- absolute, conspiratorial silence -- as a matter of reflex action.