Changing his stance, Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday said that the acquittal of Jagdish Bhola in a case of heroin smuggling was a miscarriage of justice and that he had lost faith in the police.
Two years ago, when Amarinder’s predecessor Partap Singh Bajwa was running the campaign demanding a CBI probe into the drug racket, Amarinder had said saying he had confidence in the capability of Punjab Police to take the case to a logical conclusion. However, after Bhola’s acquittal on Thursday, Amarinder seems to have lost that confidence.
“It is not only the matter of punishing Bhola, but providing justice to thousands of youth who died of drugs smuggled and supplied by him,” Amarinder said in a statement, while remarking, “if Bhola is innocent, nobody on earth can be guilty”.
The statement said that he had once held full faith in the force but was now “disappointed over the way they handled Bhola’s case and eventually facilitated his acquittal.”
The PCC president announced that in six months, his party would come to power and the government will reopen and reinvestigate the case.
Blaming the Akalis for the acquittal of Bhola, he said there was an “obvious intent to shield some important people whose names have figured during the investigations”.
“In case people still have any doubts and are not satisfied with the investigations I will hand over the case to the CBI”, he said.