THE LEADER of Opposition in Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Sukhpal Singh Khaira, in a statement issued Sunday, warned the Captain Amarinder Singh government not to enact Punjab Control of Organised Crime Act (PCOCA) as it was bound to be misused by the police and political hierarchy of the state to settle scores with their opponents.
Khaira said strong willpower was required to control law and order in Punjab and “not a draconian act like PCOCA.” Khaira added that it was evident that Captain’s government was lacking in willpower from the number of political murders that have rocked Punjab in the recent past. “The Punjab police have miserably failed to trace or crack even one political murder during the last couple of years. Captain Amarinder Singh is only trying to pass on the buck of his failures sometimes to NIA and now by proposing to enact the tyrannical PCOCA” he said.
The LoP said Punjab has witnessed gross misuse of such ruthless acts enacted earlier in the name of law and order, where the police and the political dispensation targeted their opponents with impunity. Khaira said TADA was one such law enacted to control militancy but it did more damage to the citizens than eradicating terrorism from Punjab.