LUDHIANA, Punjab—The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today held a state-wide agitation against the cold blooded murder of two young activists of the party, Harinder Singh and Jatinder Singh. The party rank and file demanded justice in this case while demonstrating at all district headquarters of Punjab against the Badal government. A memorandum was also sent to the governor of Punjab, Shivraj Patil, by the party leaders wherein they later sought the dismissal of the SAD-BJP government and a CBI probe into the matter.
Both victims are real brothers who were killed brutally by a Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader and three cops on Saturday in a Ludhiana fake encounter in the Jamalpur area of Ludhiana city.
The party’s state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur led the demonstration held outside the Deputy Commissioner Office in Ludhiana. In other places, the protests were staged under the leadership of local party leaders.
In the memorandum, AAP leaders said that “The situation of law and order is deteriorating in Punjab thereby turning it into a ‘goonda raaj’ (rule of miscreants).” Describing the extra-judicial killing of two AAP activists in a fake encounter, the Party demanded the imposition of President’s rule in Punjab. It also demanded a CBI probe into the killings.
The memorandum which was sent to the Governor through the Deputy Commissioners further reads that the struggle will be intensified by the AAP if their demands are not fulfilled.
Reacting to yesterday’s demonstration held by local politicians in support of accused policemen and ruling SAD (B) leaders, Sucha Singh Chhotepur said, “I am ashamed of Ludhiana local Congress and Akali leaders… who are justifying the killing of two brothers of Machiwara in Ludhiana by playing into the hands of the government. Does our law tell our police to kill anyone, whom they suspect is a criminal?”