Four victims of the Dinanagar terrorist attack were cremated in different parts of Gurdaspur on Tuesday.
Home guards Bodh Singh of Shadipur village, Sukhdev Singh of Attepur and Des Raj of Jangal village were cremated at their ancestral village with state honours. Director General of Police Sumedh Singh Saini and Inspector General of Police (border range) Ishwar Singh attended the funeral of Sukhdev Singh while Deputy Inspector General (Border range) A K Mittal attended the cremation of Des Raj and Bodh Singh.
Dhaba owner Amarjit was cremated at Jagatpur village. He is survived by his wife and three unemployed young children — two sons and a daughter.
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While neither any Cabinet minister of the SAD-BJP state government nor BJP MP from Gurdaspur Vinod Khanna attended any of the four funerals, Amritsar MP Captain Amarinder Singh attended the cremation of Des Raj.
State Congress Chief Partap Singh Bajwa did not attend any cremation, though he met the injured at Amritsar and Gurdaspur hospitals. From the BJP, only local MLAs Seema Devi and Dinesh Babbu attended the cremation in their respective Assembly constituencies.
Amarinder questioned the lack of communication between the Centre and the state government over the intelligence inputs prior to the attack. “We just cannot keep watching the innocent being killed in terrorist attacks. This has to end, as there is a limit to our patience,” he said.
Bajwa attacked the Punjab Police for not allowing the Army in the operation against militants.
“It was a national war against terrorism. But Punjab Police wanted to take credit for it and did not allow Army to join. Army and NSG should have been fighting against the terrorists,” he said.
Making mockery of the Punjab Police, he said, “We saw Punjab Police with weapons made in 1870 and deployed in T-shirts and undergarments. Some of them were not even able to carry the weight of their belly.”
The state Congress chief criticised Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for blaming the Central government for all the mess in Punjab.