Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday demanded immediate registration of a criminal case against the police personnel who had launched a brutal assault on unemployed teachers, who were protesting peacefully in Patiala seeking action against those who ordered this barbaric action.
In a statement here, the SAD president said it had come to light in the media that some police officers, including the Patiala Superintendent of Police (City), beat up some unemployed teachers brutally without any provocation to earn brownie points. He said that the other cops also took the cue that there was a direct order from the very top to teach a lesson to the unemployed teachers for daring to march towards the residence of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.
“This resulted in injuries to a dozen persons, including women with policemen pulling them with their hair and misbehaving with them. The brutality was such that two youth even jumped into the Bhakra canal”.
Badal said instead of taking action against the police personnel, the Congress government registered cases against the victims of the merciless assault by registering cases against 70 unemployed teachers. Stating that it was actions like these which were signs of a dictatorial regime, the SAD President demanded the cases being withdrawn immediately. He also demanded registration of a criminal case against the SP (City) as well as other cops involved in this gruesome attack besides action against those who ordered it.
While asking the chief minister not to play with the lives of youth, Sukhbir Singh Badal said “First you failed to implement your promise of Ghar Ghar Naukri. Then you lied that 12 lakh youth had been given employment when your own government submitted a written reply in the Vidhan Sabha that only 34,000 youth had been given government jobs in three years. Now when the youth are demanding their legitimate right and only asking that the 12,000 vacant posts of ETT and TET be filled, you are launching your police force against them”.
The SAD president said the Congress government had proved that it did not have any intention to recruit qualified candidates who had passed the TET examination by advertising 1,664 posts even when there were 12,000 vacancies. “What new posts will you create when you are not even filling vacant posts”, he asked adding the SAD would launch a sustained campaign soon to force the government to fill all vacant posts as well as create new ones to provide employment to the youth.