Updated: December 25, 2021 8:53:56 am
Punjab Chief Minister, Charanjit Singh Channi, on Friday, said that the state was taking the Centre’s help to investigate Thursday’s Ludhiana blast that killed one person and left many more injured. Speaking to reporters in Chandigarh on Friday, Channi said that he had spoken to Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday itself following which the Centre had sent teams to the state.
“A team of Central ministers will also be reaching Punjab on Friday. We need the Centre’s help as Punjab does not have a system to check the kind of RDX that was used in the blast,” he said. The CM added that the investigations up till now had indicated that the lone victim of the blast was the person who was trying to set up the bomb.
“No one has taken responsibility for the blast yet. Neither have we got any indications,” he said. Speaking about the Kapurthala lynching, the CM said that investigations in the case so far had revealed that no desecration had taken place there. “The youth was lynched. The investigation is pointing towards murder. We will modify the FIR accordingly soon.”
The CM then also hit out at the Opposition for criticising the government got having registered a drugs case against SAD MLA Bikram Singh Majithia. He said, “I looked into my conscience and realised that he was responsible for ruining the youth of the state by spreading the menace of drugs. I did not want that any excess should happen against anyone. When I was convinced that these people were responsible for the drug menace, then we decided to take action. Now, Majithia is absconding.”
He added that action was taken against Majithiaafter the court allowed the government to act. “This case has not been made by Congress. This case came to light during 2013 when a Rs 6,000 crore drug racket was busted and the main accused, Jagdish Bhola, levelled allegations against Majithia. His name is written in the police ‘jimni’. Then the Enforcement Directorate questioned him. The ED has already detailed his role and held him guilty. After this, Navkiran Singh, a human rights activist, moved court. All this happened during the SAD-BJP government. Satta and Pindi had been living in his house, security was provided to these people.”
Channi added that the FIR is based on the STF report nailing Majithia’s role. “After this, former CM, Captain Amarinder Singh, and his AG did not take up the matter in court. Now we have done it. The HC has said that we can go ahead. The report has enough evidence against Majithia.” Channi said, adding that the fight ahead was going to be big and tough.
“This is a fight against a big fish and the powers that be. We have to stand like a rock. I do not need money or power. I have jumped into this fight for the youth, for the mothers whose sons are trapped in the drug menace. No threat can stop us from moving forward in this. We know how we had to make our police officers withstand pressure to take action. There were threats, offers of bribes worth crores. We had been putting small addicts in jails so far. These people [the big fishes] need to be caught,” he said.
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