A bandh called here Monday by social organisations and backed by the Punjab Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) against the molestation-death case received lukewarm response. Some commercial establishments were shut but the main markets were open.
Amritsar MP Captain Amarinder Singh and his wife and MLA Preneet Kaur arrived in Moga to meet the family of Arshdeep Kaur, the 13-year-old who died after being allegedly molested and pushed from a bus of Orbit Aviation Pvt Ltd, co-owned by Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal. Amarinder and Preneet visited the family at the hospital and handed over Rs 2 lakh in cash.
“The law and order machinery has completely collapsed in Punjab. There cannot be a better time to impose governor’s rule in the state,” Amarinder said. “Bodies of martyrs like Bhagat Singh were cremated at night to avoid a public outburst. A similar thing was done here. This government felt no shame in cremating a 13-year old at night to suppress the matter.” He said he would move an adjournment motion in Lok Sabha on Tuesday for discussion on the collapse of law and order in Punjab.
Ousted AAP leader Yogendra Yadav, who is running a Swaraj Abhiyan campaign, also visited the family. He called for a symbolic protest on the day of the bhog ceremony of the girl. “All the people of Punjab should switch off the lights at 8 pm on her bhog. Let the Badals get an idea of the darkness prevailing in Punjab. People should themselves boycott Orbit buses so that even if they are back on roads, they will be forced to shut down,” he said.
Yadav said Punjab is plagued by four Ps — police, party (Akali Dal), parivar (Badal family) and prashasan (administration). “It is a situation where all four are working for the benefit of each other and none for the people,” said Yadav.