Taking suo motu cognizance of news reports about nearly 500 Punjabi financiers having been murdered in 2012 in Philippines by way of contract killings,the Punjab State Commission for NRIs on Monday asked the state government to constitute a three-member committee to tackle the situation.
The Commission noted that newspaper reports suggest that the local police in Philippines was allegedly corrupt and the area criminal infested. Guns and ammunition are easily available and the police are not keen to register cases. When Punjabis approach the court,they are killed during trial, it claimed.
In his order,Commission Chairman Justice Arvind Kumar said the committee should have as member at least one senior police officer. The committee will monitor the cause of such murders and extend support,possibly of all kinds,including legal,to the families of those killed.
The order added that the committee,which will coordinate with the ministries and the Philippines Embassy in India,will be free to visit Philippines to interact with the Punjabi community,Indian Embassy and government authorities there. Swift action in this matter will be appreciated. A copy of this order be immediately sent to the Punjab chief secretary and principal secretary (Home) for their immediate action, the order added.
On August 1,the Commission,through a detailed order,had asked Punjab to coordinate with the Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs for the welfare and safety of Punjabi NRIs in Philippines.