Behbal Kalan Firing: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Monday demanded that Revenue minister Gurpreet Singh Kangar and Faridkot legislator Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon be booked for murder of the former Sarpanch of Behbal Kalan following disclosures by the victim’s family that the Congress leaders had caused the death of the prime witness in the Behbal Kalan police firing case.
In a statement here, party Spokesman Parambans Singh Romana said the family of former Sarpanch Surjit Singh had made it clear that the two Congress leaders were responsible for the death of the Sarpanch and that they misused the police as well as the Electricity department to force him not to give witness against police personnel who fired and killed innocent Sikhs protesters at Behbal Kalan in Faridkot district in 2015.
Condemning the heinous conduct of both Kangar and Dhillon, which he also termed as inhuman, Mr Romana asked the Congress government to act immediately and register a case under Section 302 CrPC against both of them. He said the two Congress leaders should also be arrested and interrogated to expose the conspiracy behind Surjit’s death.
Mr Romana said Gurpreet Kangar, who then held the Power portfolio, was accused by the victim family with sending repeated teams to Surjit’s house to check his electricity load and imposing an unjust fine of Rs 55,000 on the family. He said Kangar’s complicity in the conspiracy to silence Surjit could also be seen from the fact that when Surjit approached the minister he threw him out of his office. Mr Romana said Kushaldeep Dhillon’s men also continued to harass Surjit and that appeals to the Faridkot SSP fell on deaf ears due to the pressure being wielded on the officer by the two Congress leaders. He said at the village level the Bargari police station incharge threatened Surjit’s wife with physical harm when she protested against the injustice being meted out to her husband. “All this proves that the Congress leaders were trying to protect the police personnel responsible for firing on innocent Sikhs”.
The SAD spokesman said Surjit’s plight was such that an hour before his death he told his wife that his decision give witness against police personnel had ruined his family. “The SAD demands an independent probe into the death of Surjit Singh and prompt dismissal of police personnel who threatened and harassed him besides registration of a criminal case against both Kangar and Dillon. Gurpreet Kangar should be thrown out of the State ministry also for conspiring to eliminate the lone witness in the Behbal Kalan firing case”.
Mr Romana said the recent events had proved the contention of the SAD that the Congress party was only interested in doing politics on the issue of sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji. He said it was now clear that the Congress was least interested in exposing and bringing the culprits behind this heinous crime to book. “The SAD demands an inquiry by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court to fulfill the Sikh community’s quest for justice in the case”, the SAD leader added.