Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today met the families of Gurjeet Singh Bittu and Krishan Singh, who were killed in police firing last month during a protest against a sacrilege incident in the district.
Rahul was accompanied by c putting up a united show with state Congress President Pratap Singh Bajwa, former chief minister and deputy leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Amarinder Singh, Puinjab Congress legislature party leader Sunil Jakhar, Indian Youth Congress President Amrinder Singh Raja Warring and former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal.
Police drew flak for the firing on the protesters from the opposition Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Later, the government set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the incident and booked ‘unknown’ police officials under charges of murder and Arms Act.
AAP supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal have already met the family of the two victims last month. “Rahul will meet the families of the victims on his two-day programme of Punjab starting tomorrow,” Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa told media.
Besides, he will also meet the farmers at Bathinda. At present, paddy procurement is going on in the state. Hardliners and Sikhs owing allegiance to different organisations have sought exemplary punishment for the cops involved in the firing incident.
Punjab recently witnessed tension due to a series of incidents of sacrilege and subsequent protests.
Sikh preachers and hardliners had mulled the idea of setting up a memorial for the two Sikhs killed in police firing at Bargari, the site of incident.
Bargari was the epicentre of the Sikhs’ protests against the incidents of sacrilege of the holy book in the state.
Police have so far arrested over seven people, including two brothers Rupinder Singh and Jaswinder Singh, for their alleged involvement in the acts of sacrilege.
Majority of those arrested for sacrilege were either Sikh priests or employees working in Gurdwaras.
However, all the arrested persons were later released due to lack of evidence against them.
Series of incidents of sacrilege had put Punjab under turmoil with protesters blocking road traffic last month. Sikh preachers and hardliners had mulled the idea to set up a memorial of the two Sikhs killed in police firing at Bargari, the site of incident.
Mr Gandhi had earlier visited Punjab in April. He had then visited three grain markets of the state, including Asia’s largest grain market at Khanna.