Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 11
The tussle within the Punjab Congress over the withdrawal of state safety cowl to Congress MP Partap Singh Bajwa intensified on Tuesday as he wrote to DGP, Chandigarh, Sanjay Baniwal that in case of any hurt to his household, the Punjab Chief Minister and Punjab DGP can be solely accountable.
The former PPCC chief’s assertion comes a day after Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh denied that the federal government was being vindictive. The CM mentioned the withdrawal of the state safety cowl was after a periodic assessment of the menace evaluation carried out by the state police.
In his communication to the Chandigarh DGP, Bajwa mentioned his household has been below menace for the reason that days of terrorism in Punjab. His father Satnam Singh Bajwa, a former minister, was killed in a terrorist assault in Amritsar in 1987 and he himself survived a bomb assault in Batala in 1990.
“Given the high threat perception, the Government of India under Dr Manmohan Singh in 2013 had provided me with security in addition to the protection given by the Punjab Police. The Central cover was withdrawn in July 2019 by the Union Government. But on the recommendation of Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha, the Ministry of Home Affairs re-evaluated my threat perception and restored the additional security in March 2020,” mentioned Bajwa.
Bajwa has alleged that the withdrawal of safety cowl was politically motivated. He mentioned he had been repeatedly highlighting the politico-police-drug nexus, manufacturing and distribution of illicit liquor and rampant unlawful mining in Punjab.
In a separate communication to the Punjab DGP, Bajwa mentioned he was involved in regards to the “politicisation” of menace evaluation studies. “I would like to point out that Parkash Singh Badal, Sukhbir Badal and Bikramjit Singh Majithia have been provided security by the Centre as well as the state government. Why have you not withdrawn their security on the same grounds?” he added.