Kejriwal targets Punjab Police over death of youths during protest

Keriwal demanded immediate arrest of those behind the sacrilege and strict action against policemen who opened fire on the protesters

By: PTI | Faridkot | Published: October 24, 2015 10:23 pm
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today went after the Punjab Police over the death of two Sikhs killed in police firing during anti-desecration protests at Faridkot and asked the SAD-BJP government to restore peace in the state.

Kejriwal, who is on his first visit to Punjab since becoming the Chief Minister in February met the families of the two youths – Gurjit Singh (26) of Sarawan village and Krishan Singh (43) of Behbal Khurd village – and assured the all possible help.

He later told reporters that Gurjit was killed in police firing when he went to serve langar (a communal meal) to about 300 peaceful protesters. “As per rules, police fire warning shots in air and then into the ground…it was completely wrong,” he said.

Keriwal demanded immediate arrest of those behind the sacrilege and strict action against policemen who opened fire on the protesters and their seniors who ordered firing.

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“We condemn the incident of sacrilege. Punjab is burning and we appeal to the state government to arrest those behind the incident. I demand that a copy of the FIR be given to Gurjit’s family so that they could be aware of its contents,” the Delhi Chief Minister said.

He said the state was on the “boil” after alleged incidents of sacrilege and asked the SAD-BJP government to take immediate steps to restore peace.

Gurjit and Krishan were part of the protests over the desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib and were killed in police firing on October 14. The incident provoked widespread criticism of the state government and Punjab Police.

In the wake of the incident, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal put Moga SSP Charanjit Sharma under suspension for “lapses” in the line of duty.

Under pressure from several quarters, Punjab Police on Wednesday registered a case under various sections of the IPC in connection with the matter. It is being probed by a team led by ADGP Crime cum Director of Bureau of Investigation, Punjab, I P S Sahota.

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    B.D. Mahay
    Oct 25, 2015 at 11:17 am
    Mr Kejriwal is an honest politician who wants to serve India but BJP and RSS would not let him succeed. As for his Punjab visit at this time of religious compounded with local political unrest it is unwise to inflame the situation by making unhelpful statements.
    1. V
      Oct 25, 2015 at 12:24 am
      Delhi police commissioner showed Kejru his place. Now he wants to get kicked by Punjab police too...
      1. L
        Oct 24, 2015 at 10:02 pm
        This Tuqalac is now lecturing Punjab Govt?
        1. D
          Oct 24, 2015 at 11:16 pm
          Only AK can bring Panjab out of problem successfully !!!! In Delhi the division of power between the central govt and Delhi state is not in favour of Delhi state and that is why AK is not doing work according to his capacity and planning !!! But remember AK is doing hundred times better than cong and bjp in Delhi is a fact which bjp and cong can not accept------
          1. L
            Oct 25, 2015 at 12:32 am
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