Published On: Sat, Dec 26th, 2020

BJP expresses outrage over ‘police brutality’ at PM’s Punjab event

New Delhi: The BJP on Saturday expressed outrage over the police brutality against the farmers in Punjab, who had gathered to listen to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address at an event organised to mark the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It alleged that the Congress government had provoked the police to attack the farmers with sticks and rods during the event.

The police behaved like a Congress worker and made no effort to stop the attack on the farmers

BJP General Secretary Dushyant Kumar Gautam, while addressing the media at the party headquarters here said: “Under the patronage of the Congress government in Punjab, the police attacked the farmers and workers with iron rods and sticks during the event on Friday. Many of our workers have been seriously injured. One of our workers got 22-23 stitches, some got fractures in hand and legs.”

Gautam said, “The police behaved like a Congress worker and made no effort to stop the attack on the farmers, who were sitting in a peaceful manner. In every way, the Punjab police tried to keep farmers away from Prime Minister Modi’s programme and discouraged them. The tents put up by the farmers were also razed and they were removed from those places.”

On the question of benefiting the capitalists, the BJP’s General Secretary said, “People who are blocking the border repeatedly accuse us that we want to benefit industrialists like Adani and Ambani. I want to know what Adani and Ambani did before 2014? The photographs of Adani and Ambani will be found with many Congress leaders like Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Captain Amarinder Singh and Sharad Pawar as well. ”

Gautam said, “The statement of a Congress MP has also come up in the media, in which he has said that after January 1, we will see how bloodshed, slaughter and blood will be seen. In the context of the statements, I want to make it clear that if there is any kind of bloodshed coming, then it will be the responsibility of the Congress only because the party has got used to running a regime with bloodshed.”

He alleged that the Leftists in the peasant movement are not allowing a reconciliation whereas the Modi government has carefully listened to the farmers by holding five to six meetings in a row.

The government has spoken with an open mind and has given a written assurance on the amendments to the new farm laws.

On the other hand, Youth Akali Dal President Parambans Singh Romana on Saturday said Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had turned Punjab Police into a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) protection force on the directions of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

In a statement here, he said it was shocking that Punjab Police personnel had been removed from active duty and assigned to protect houses and business establishments of BJP leaders by the Congress government on the directions of the Union Home Minister.

“With the sword of the Enforcement Directorate hanging over the Chief Minister and his family, Amarinder Singh has chosen to work as an agent of the BJP and has forgotten that he is the custodian of Punjab and Punjabis.

“We condemn this abject surrender and warn the Chief Minister that in case he does not reassign Punjab Police personnel to active duty he will have to face the wrath of Punjabis who will not tolerate this cowardly act.”

Romana also condemned the manner in which the Congress government bent over backwards to appease BJP state President Ashwani Sharma during his visit to Bathinda on Saturday.

He said the police from four districts was assigned to protect Sharma at the cost of policing duties.

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