Chandigarh: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday condemned Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for recommending the premature release of cops guilty of killing innocent Sikh youth in fake encounters. In a statement here, the SAD president said “is this Capt Amarinder Singh’s gift to the great Sikh quom on the eve of the 550th Parkash Purb of the founder of Sikhism Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji Maharaj?
“These cops were duly convicted by courts on charges of brutal murder and in many cases, they have not even served one-fourth of the tenure of their sentence. On what basis did the Congress government headed by Capt Amarinder Singh move for their release is something that is beyond the comprehension of any reasonable person,” said Badal.
Captain ‘s action has rub salt into the deep wounds of the families of the victims of fake encounters. It also defies the rule of law, justice as well as all norms of civilized society. If the murderers are to be thus released in defiance of the judgment of the courts of law, it will make a mockery of the entire judicial process” said Badal.
The SAD president said actions like these reveal the hypocritical attitude of the Chief Minister towards all matters affecting the Sikh sentiments ” He has been shedding crocodile tears over the misery of the Sikhs since 1984. And every time he was in a position to do something for the community, he always stabbed the Sikhs in the back. This is just one more cruel example of that,” said Badal.
The SAD president also pointed out that the cops whose release had been recommended by the Congress government had committed crimes in uniform. “They are also accused of gross human rights excesses. They should be made to undergo their complete sentences and should not be given any relief”, Badal added.