NEW DELHI— Eyeing bias by the Punjab Police and its administration, the Union Home Ministry has issued a note to the Punjab Government advising it to use the Punjab Police force with caution during the upcoming State Assembly Elections. It has been stated in the advisory note that the Punjab Police should not be asked to favour one political party over the other.
According to the advisory by the Union Home Ministry, it received various complaints from members of different political parties which feared that there could be a misuse of police force by the current State Government. Various police officials and their family members are contesting the elections as nominees of the Shiromani Akali Dal (B) and Bhartiya Janta Party alliance. The Congress has also fielded candidates that hold police ranks.
Notorious former DGP, Izhar Alam, who is responsible for mass genocide of Sikhs and crimes against humanity, is contesting the elections through the nomination of his wife Farzana Alam. Farzana Alam is facing a strict poll contest against Razia Sultana, who is a two time Congress legislator and wife of ADGP Mohammed Mustafa. The Malerkota seat is a prime example of why the Union Home Ministry has issued the advisory—with there being various bureaucrats who are battling it out against each other, there is a big chance of police abuse of power.
It should be noted that former DGP PS Gill is also vying for the Moga seat as an Akali Dal candidate. Darbara S. Guru, former IAS officer, on the other hand is running for Bhadaur (reserved) assembly seat. Darbara S. Guru is a close ally of Parkash Badal and is capable of misusing authoritative power in his favour.