Updated: September 11, 2021 9:05:55 pm
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Saturday accused the ruling Congress in Punjab of planning to use gangsters to its advantage in the run up to the next year’s Assembly election and claimed that about 25,000 fugitives were currently out of police custody against whom serious cases like drug trafficking, kidnapping, extortion and contract killing were pending in the courts.
“The law and order situation in the state is deteriorating day by day. Loot and murders are being committed every day,” Leader of Opposition (LoP) Harpal Singh Cheema said.
He alleged that the Congress government was directly responsible for the rising crime rate in state.
In a statement, Cheema said, “The number of kidnappings and subsequent ransom demands in Punjab is increasing day by day. Youngsters are being killed in broad daylight in markets in the name of gangs but the Congress government refuses to accept this.”
He said the same situation prevailed during the previous SAD-BJP government and Capt Amarinder Singh had promised that after the formation of his government, these criminals would be caught and put behind bars. “But now, Capt Amarinder Singh has reneged on all his promises,” Cheema said.
The AAP leader further said that according to official figures, about 25,000 fugitives were currently out of police custody against whom serious cases like drug trafficking, kidnapping, extortion and contract killing were pending in the courts and no action had been taken by the police administration against these criminals. Cheema alleged that by registering cases against the criminals at the police stations, the number was being increased ostensibly, but the legal process was not being completed.
Cheema said that these fugitives have the backing of political leaders who use them for their own political interests. He said that although the ruling parties have changed, the alliance of criminals and political leaders has remained the same.
Cheema said the Punjab CM and DGP should clarify the situation regarding all the cases against fugitive criminals and increasing criminal activities in the state.
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