Blaming the police for the recent deaths of four men allegedly killed by the liquor mafia, Punjab Congress spokesperson Sunil Jakhar on Sunday demanded that personnel responsible for the same be booked. On Sunday Jakhar visited the family of Munish Luthra, who was murdered last week. Luthra’s family claimed he was killed by people who had police patronage.
“In all these murders, the common connection is ‘inaction of police’, and its connections with the liquor mafia. If police had acted timely then precious lives could have been saved,” said Jakhar. Alleging that the recent murders in Abohar, Fazilka, Muktsar and Mansa were a fallout of this “connection” he demanded that the station house officers in these areas be booked.
“All four SHOs should be booked under abatement to suicide and 120B (conspiracy),” he said. He also called the liquor mafia “butchers”.
He hailed Congress’s decision to burn a “chhitta Raavan” effigy during the prime minister’s visit on October 18 in Ludhiana. He said the prime minister, who spoke against drug menace in his ‘Mann ki Baat’, should clear his stand on the patronage of politicians to liquor mafia.
Taking a dig at Modi, Jakhar said during Bihar poll campaign last year, Modi used to warn the people of “jungle raj” if the BJP was not voted to power. Now PM should explain “jungle Raj” in Punjab, he said.
Jakhar condemned the Akalis. “It is surprising that in spite of such a brutal killings of youth by mafia, Chief Minister and his Deputy did not get time to visit the victims’ family,” he said.
“Whenever there is any disturbance of law and order in Punjab, state home minister Sukhbir Badal goes out of state,” Jakhar claimed. He further said that in Punjab Police was politicised and they act only when their masters asked them to. He also said that when they will come into power they will streamline the liquor trade.