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Punjab to withdraw CBI probe into sacrilege and police firing incidents; CM announces police SIT
28.08.18 - Team PT
Punjab  to withdraw CBI probe into sacrilege and police firing incidents; CM announces police SIT



Chandigarh, August 28: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday announced a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Punjab Police for time-bound investigation into the Bargari and other sacrilege cases as well as the firing incidents of Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura.

He also assured that his government would take immediate action as per the findings and recommendations of SIT, without delay, to ensure that justice is meted out to the innocent victims.

The announcement and the assurance came in the Vidhan Sabha after the House unanimously passed a resolution, by voice vote, to withdraw CBI investigations into the cases and get the same probed by an SIT.

The resolution was moved by Rural Development Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa on request from the Chief Minister, who took the decision after taking cognizance of the sentiment of the majority, including the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs.

The Chief Minister, while concluding the debate on the Justice (Retd) Ranjit Singh Commission report and ATR in the House, said there was no question of going soft on Parkash Singh Badal, whom he blamed squarely for the damage caused to the state and its people with his grave acts of commission and omission. He came down heavily on the SAD leaders, including Parkash Singh Badal, Sukhbir Singh Badal, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Bikram Singh Majithia and others, for failing to even visit those injured in the police firing in Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura.

The Chief Minister said the Congress had made an election promise to bring the truth of the Bargari sacrilege case and the subsequent firing incidents to the people of Punjab. He said he had decided to get the incident thoroughly probe when he visited the injured after the incidents.

Captain Amarinder Singh lashed out at former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal as a coward and liar, who, he had seen from close quarters. Badal had lodged false cases against him, said Captain Amarinder Singh, adding he was even turned out of the Assembly and had to be reinstated by the Supreme Court.
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Captain Amarinder Singh lashed out at former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal as a coward and liar, who, he had seen from close quarters.
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Referring to Operation Blue Star, he said Parkash Singh Badal was directly to blame for the incident. Whenever there was any scope of negotiation, Badal would sabotage the efforts, said the Chief Minister, adding that he would run away after promising the hardliners of his support. History will be scripted of our times and Badal would not be spared, said Captain Amarinder Singh. 

The Chief Minister also lashed out at Bikram Singh Majithia, saying nobody knew where he had come from and he clearly came from a family which completely lacked character. Majithia, along with Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal, had come together to form a dangerous coteries working against the interests of the state and continuously trying to divide it, he added.

On the Bargari and Behbal Kalan incidents, Captain Amarinder Singh pointed out that DGP Sumedh Singh Saini, on the last day before his retirement, had given a statement that he had spoken to then CM Parkash Singh Badal before the firing incident. He wondered how the then CM could have been sleeping, as claimed by him, at such a grave time for the state. It was not done for a leader to blame his subordinates, said Captain Amarinder Singh, adding that Badal was obviously not a leader in the true sense of the word.

The Chief Minister commended the effective and laudable job done by Justice (Retd) Ranjit Singh but observed that he himself had stressed the need for more investigations. 
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Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal lashed out at the Badal father-son duo for indulging in communal politics to polarise the society.
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Earlier, taking part in the debate, Local Government Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said that former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was a dubious character, at whose behest the barbaric firing had been unleashed in Behbal Kalan, and deserved no mercy. The desecration of the holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib would always haunt Badal, he said, adding that Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir were dealers not leaders, and could even sell their Panth for their ulterior motives. Sidhu said Sukhbir had a deal with Dera Sacha Sauda Chief to take the Dera support during elections in exchange of permission to run his films in Punjab.

Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal lashed out at the Badal father-son duo for indulging in communal politics to polarise the society. He accused them of sowing the seeds of communal divide in Punjab for the first time by conspiring to allow the Nirankari Samagam on 13th April 1978, despite intelligence reports against holding it in Amritsar, which resulted in the death of 16 Sikhs protesting against the Samagam. They were also to blame for raising the issue of Punjabi Suba and then creating circumstances that led to the phase of terrorism, he added. Manpreet lauded Justice (Retd) Ranjit Singh Commission for successful completion of the successful task of bringing out the truth on the sacrilege cases and stressed that the ends of justice will only be met by punishing those involved in this shameful act.

Lashing out at Sukhbir Singh Badal, Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said that he was hand in glove with the Dera Chief for hatching a conspiracy against Sikhs, which had vitiated the congenial atmosphere of peace and communal harmony in the state. He challenged Sukhbir to visit his native village Badal without security cover, asserting that the former CM would have to face the wrath of his own people for ruining the state. 

Prisons Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said the Badals were the real culprits and conspirators behind the Behbal Kalan incident and deserved the severest punishment as their act was unpardonable. He lashed out at Sukhbir Singh Badal for tearing the pages of the report of the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission, which had mentioned Sri Guru Granth Sahib at least 95 times, thus showing total disrespect for the holy scripture. Randhawa also demanded that Parkash Singh Badal be stripped of the honour of ‘Fakhr-e-Quam’ bestowed by the Jathedar Sri Akal Takht Sahib as he had indulged in his anti-Sikh and anti-panthic activities, for which he actually deserves the title of ‘Gaddar-e-Quam’- traitor of Panth. He urged Captain Amarinder Singh to get a case registered against Badals under Section 295-A of the IPC.
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Prisons Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said the Badals were the real culprits and conspirators behind the Behbal Kalan incident and deserved the severest punishment as their act was unpardonable.
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Rural Development Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa said there was no provocation for the police firing at Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura, and the incidents were clearly aimed at creating divisiveness in the society. 

The Badals deserved no mercy for the crimes they had committed against the people of Punjab, he added. Bajwa also castigated former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini and accused him of several extra judicial killings. 

Both Randhawa and Bajwa urged the Chief Minister to withdraw investigations into the sacrilege cases from CBI as the state police’s SIT was fully capable of handling the same.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA from Mullanpur, HS Phoolka, urged the Chief Minister not to spare both senior and junior Badal for their alleged involvement in the Behbal Kalan. He lauded Captain Amarinder Singh for showing exemplary courage by resigning in 1984 over the 1984 riots. He said the people had the highest hopes of Captain Amarinder Singh to teach the Badals a lesson for their tyrannical act in Behbal Kalan. Phoolka also urged the Chief Minister to get the Nakodar incident of sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib investigated. He said there was dire need to set up an exclusive court for hearing sacrilege cases on day-to-day basis. 
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Patti MLA Harminder Singh Gill said that the desecration of the holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib had hurt the religious sentiments of people around the world.
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Leader of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema also urged the Chief Minister to hand over the sacrilege cases back to the Punjab Police with directives for time-bound inquiry, since the CBI was under the control of the central government under BJP – an ally of SAD. He moved a resolution seeking apology by the Centre for failing to take any action against the guilty, which was unanimously passed by the House.

Patti MLA Harminder Singh Gill said that the desecration of the holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib had hurt the religious sentiments of people around the world. He accused the Badals of stooping to the lowest levels to further their political ambitions by exploiting the sentiments of the Sikhs in the name of the Panth. They were controlling Sikh institutions like the SGPC and even the Sri Akal Takht Sahib to pursue their vested interests, he said.

MLA Faridkot Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon, in whose district the Behbal Kalan firing had taken place, lambasted the Akalis for conspiring in this tragic incident of defiling the holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. The people of Punjab would never forgive Sukhbir, he said, lambasting the SAD president for using religion for political gains to garner votes. He also targeted the Badals over their relations with Dera Chief Ram Rahim Singh, and attacked them for shying away from discussion on such a vital issue.

Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, MLA Gidderbaha, while demanding harsh punishment for the guilty indicted by Justice Ranjit Singh Commission, said that those who have dared to exploit religious sentiments for vote bank politics must be dealt with a heavy hand. He vehemently flayed Sukhbir, then Home Minister, for remaining in deep slumber for 116 days after the disappearance of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, and then suddenly waking up to unleash atrocities on the innocent people protesting against the desecration at Kotkapura.
 

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'UNWARRANTED & LUDICROUS'
Amarinder flays Sukhbir for attacking Rahul over 1984 riots issue
26.08.18 - Team PT
Amarinder flays Sukhbir for attacking Rahul over 1984 riots issue



Chandigarh, August 26: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday lashed out at Sukhbir Singh Badal for the unwarranted and uncalled attack on Rahul Gandhi on the issue of 1984 riots.

Castigating the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president for his statement that Rahul was a ‘partner (bhagidar) in the crime’, the Chief Minister said the Gandhi scion was in school at the time of Operation Blue Star. To blame him for anything was totally absurd, said Captain Amarinder Singh, in a hard-hitting statement issued here.

To hold Rahul responsible for an act which he was not even aware of at the time it happened was completely ridiculous, said the Chief Minister, lashing out at Sukhbir over his senseless statement.

The Congress, as a party, was never involved in the riots, that continue to haunt the Sikh community, the Chief Minister said. He said that if any individual was involved, he/she would be dealt with as per the law. "To blame the entire party for the acts of a few was preposterous and typical of the political immaturity of Sukhbir”, the Chief Minister said. 

Captain Amarinder Singh said that Rahul’s latest comments need to be seen in context with his earlier statements on 1984 riots, wherein he himself had named some Congressmen. "You cannot blame an entire party because of the acts of such individuals”, said the Chief Minister while reiterating that whosoever was involved in the senseless killings in 1984 should be hanged, irrespective of his/her political affiliations.

Such thoughtless and superfluous statements were typical of the Akalis, particularly the Badals, said Captain Amarinder Singh, adding that Sukhbir’s comments were a clear sign of his frustration at the complete political alienation of SAD in Punjab.

How else could one explain the senseless interpretation that Sukhbir had given to the remarks made by Rahul on the issue of the 1984 riots, asked the Chief Minister, adding that the it was evident that the Akalis obviously did not have either the maturity or the sensitivity to understood or appreciate the sentiment behind the regrets expressed by Dr. Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi on the issue.

Their statements were never an admission of guilt or Congress party’s involvement in the riots, said Captain Amarinder Singh, and added that there was, thus, no question of a volte face by Rahul. By attacking Rahul on the issue, and saying that he knew about the role of any individual Congress leaders in the riots, Sukhbir had only exposed his fear of the Congress president’s growing popularity, both in India and abroad, said the Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister said that Rahul Gandhi, in his speech, had unambiguously condemned all sorts of violence, including 1984 riots, and had called for strict punishment to its perpetrators. Captain Amarinder Singh said, "it is unfortunate that due to delays caused by the judicial system, justice had been denied to many victims of the 1984 riots”.
 

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Punjab and the Politics of Sacrilege
24.08.18 - SP SINGH*
Punjab and the Politics of Sacrilege



WHEN POLITICIANS COME from the same stock and are faced with a similar set of circumstances, they are likely to respond with a similar set of solutions, or non-solutions.

Three Punjabis proved it on a sub-continental scale. General Zia-ul-Haq wanted to woo the mullahs, so he came up with blasphemy laws. Closer home, the Badal father-son duo faced the heat in the wake of incidents of sacrilege of the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh scripture. On top of that, a botched attempt by the Sikh clergy to let Dera Sacha Sauda’s Gurmeet Ram Rahim off the hook by accepting his half-apology for imitating the tenth Sikh master, Guru Gobind Singh, had angered a wide section of the Sikhs. To mollify agitated crowds of the devout, the Akali Dal government in 2015 hammered out a piece of legislation that mandated life imprisonment for anyone committing such sacrilege.

Now, that the Centre returned the Bill pushed for by Punjab, citing the reason that it pertains only to the scriptures of one religion and was, thus, discriminatory, the Amarinder Singh government has expanded the scope by including the Bhagwad Gita, the holy Quran and the Bible. A case of sacrilege of any of these scriptures will attract a sentence of life imprisonment now.
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From Zia-ul-Haq till date, they have all been tweaking the same Section 295 of the IPC on either side of the Radcliffe Line.
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The fact is that Amarinder Singh was facing the same agitated crowds as the Badals did. The report of the Justice (Retd) Ranjit Singh Commission into the sacrilege incidents during the Badal regime is to be placed within the next few hours in the Punjab Assembly. The Congress government's record of acting against those widely perceived to be guilty has left much to be desired. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh's decision to hand over the probe to the CBI did not go down well with the devout, who saw it as a dilly-dallying tactic to let the Badals off the hook.

Hence, Amarinder Singh's move to push in the blasphemy law.

From Zia-ul-Haq till date, they have all been tweaking the same Section 295 of the IPC on either side of the Radcliffe Line. In the quintessentially sub-continental version of the English language, politicians of Punjab(s) are all same-to-same.

The new player on the turf, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), thought it fit to capitalise on the religious fervour following incidents of sacrilege of the Guru Granth Sahib. It wanted to use any weapon readily available to bring down the Fortress Badals. So it whipped up passions, joined the dharnas, and generally adopted the same tone and tenor that the more radical fringe of Akali polity spews.

The genie never went back into the bottle. It couldn't have. Both the Congress-led by Amarinder Singh and the AAP led by a clueless Delhi-based leadership adopted the idiom borrowed from their opponent. The language of politics became ubiquitously panthic.
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Nothing is more tempting and more comfortable than serving blood to a bloodthirsty mob. In Punjab, no political party is flinching.
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The citizenry became sadh sangat, the fight was for the respect and honour of Guru Maharaj Ji, and the main issue topping the list of grievances was the be-adbi of Guru Granth Sahib. Punjab's political parties, in their race to power, mirrored each other in their approach as well as tactics.

It is true that the Akali Dal lost the 2017 joust, but it is equally true that the battle resulted in the Congress and the AAP reflecting a strong panthic hue.

Amarinder Singh was already adept at it. Having spent more than a decade in the Akali ranks, he was well-versed with the art of courting the radical fringe. During his 2002-07 reign, he led the Sikh centenaries' celebrations from the front and made high-profile visits to Nankana Sahib.

The Badals, upon their return to power, went into overdrive to reclaim the panthic turf, and spent millions on memorials, including those in Anandpur Sahib (Virasat-e-Khalsa), Chappar Chiri in Mohali (Fateh Burj), Kup Rohira in Sangrur (Vadda Ghallughara or Big Holocaust).

Once the state's politics came to have an overt religious underpinning, the AAP was unable to resist. It dumped its secular appeal defined by Constitutional norms and democratic ideals, and instead plunged headlong into the panthic slush. A faux pas by the AAP leadership—it published a picture of the broom over an image of the Golden Temple on the cover of its manifesto—forced the party to project itself as even more panthic than the Akalis. Some erstwhile radical Sikh leaders also joined AAP ranks.

This is a legacy that even the breakaway group of Sukhpal Singh Khaira and other MLAs have not been able to cast off. In fact, this breakaway group is now trying to beat everyone else at the game, and is at the forefront to demand action in cases of sacrilege.

It is in this paradigm of an entire polity turning panthic that the Amarinder government has come up with this "reformed” piece of legislation that aims to send anyone committing sacrilege to jail for life.

From here onwards, it is a slippery road, and as everyone and his uncle knows, the radical fringe is a forever demanding beast. There is no room for a rollback. As of now, sacrilege may mean wreaking damage upon the Guru Granth Sahib, or tearing a page off it. If tomorrow, someone is found guilty of spoiling a shorter volume of gurbani, often called a "gutka”, will the same law apply?

While the printing, publishing and distribution of the copies of the Guru Granth Sahib is a highly controlled activity, the "gutkas” are found in almost every Sikh's home in Punjab and in the homes of millions of Hindus, too. Many of the incidents of sacrilege in the past involved such "gutkas”. It is almost certain that there will be demand for bringing such incidents within the scope of the law.
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In these times of incessant consumption of multimedia, sooner or later someone in some serial or movie or a YouTube video could be seen as having committed a sacrilege of the scriptures of one religion or the other, since desecration is not a legal term, and is open to multiple interpretations. A character turning his back towards a scripture can be a serious count of sacrilege in the eyes of many devout. There is no end to the religious zealots who will demand the same harsh punishment to such an actor, director, producer, or television channel.

It is open season in Punjab for sacrilege politics. This politics has edged out the persistent headlines about farmers' suicides in the state. The mind space and newspaper columns have little room left for the state of schools, dispensaries and civil hospitals of Punjab.

Newspaper photographers have stopped showing cows and dogs roaming about in government hospitals since these no longer make the news.

Punjab is finding new ways of ensuring that children clear their annual exams: it is slashing school syllabi by almost half. The state now competes at the global level for the number of people who die in road accidents in one month. The fastest growing business in Punjab is now outlets that prepare the young to face the IELTS examination. The most secular dream of a Punjabi youth is to escape to Canada—by means fair or foul.
 

But amid all of this, there is nothing more glamorous than to take a leaf out of Zia-ul-Haq's book and foist a sacrilege law. Nothing is more tempting and more comfortable than serving blood to a bloodthirsty mob. In Punjab, no political party is flinching. You can sing Fahmida Riaz—Tum Bilkul Hum Jaise Nikle—but to no avail. "The panth is in danger” is a war cry for all times.
 
(*SP Singh is a senior journalist. This article is being published courtesy newslaundry.com)
 

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Amarinder seeks Sushma’s intervention to get Kartarpur corridor opened on Guru Nanak anniversary
22.08.18 - Team PT
Amarinder seeks Sushma’s intervention to get Kartarpur corridor opened on Guru Nanak anniversary



Chandigarh, August 22: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has sought the personal intervention of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in seeking access from the Pakistan government to enable devotees to visit the historic Gurudwara Sahib in Kartapur on the 550th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev.

In a letter to the Union Minister, the Chief Minister has urged Sushma to take up the matter with her counterpart for having the corridor from the International Border to Kartarpur opened for the duration of the celebrations. "This will allow the faithful to pay their respects at the Gurudwara Sahib in Kartarpur,” said Captain Amarinder Singh, pointing out that Kartarpur is located across the river Ravi at a distance of around 4 kms from the International Border near Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district.

The Chief Minister noted that the 550th Birth anniversary of the first Guru, who breathed his last in Kartarpur, is being observed in November 2019. He pointed out that one of the historical demands of the Sikh community has been to have access to the revered Gurudwara Sahib in Kartarpur. "The Government of Punjab has been requesting Government of India time and again for taking up the matter with the Government of Pakistan for a corridor from the International Border to Kartarpur,” he added.

Captain Amarinder Singh further observed that in pursuance of the long-standing demand, former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh had made an announcement to this effect at Amritsar on 1st September 2004 on the occasion of the 400th Anniversary of Prakash Utsav of Guru Guru Granth Sahib. He had reiterated the same during his subsequent visits to the State in 2005 and 2006. However, despite best efforts this has not materialized, said the Chief Minister, urging Sushma to make personal efforts in the matter.
 

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Sidhu hugging Pak army chief was not a nice gesture: Amarinder
19.08.18 - Team PT
Sidhu hugging Pak army chief was not a nice gesture: Amarinder



Chandigarh, August 19: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday said Navjot Singh Sidhu hugging the Pakistani Army Chief was not a nice gesture and was completely avoidable.

Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a photo exhibition here, the Chief Minister said Sidhu should have avoided indulging in such a gesture when Indian soldiers were getting killed every day on the borders. After all, it is the Army Chief who gives the orders to kill, with the soldiers merely following the same, said the Chief Minister in response to questions. 

Pakistan’s Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa is responsible for the deaths of our soldiers and Sidhu should not have shown such niceties towards him, said Capt Amarinder Singh.

As for Sidhu sitting next to the PoK president, Capt Amarinder Singh said the Punjab minister possibly did not know who he was and in any case the sitting arrangement was not in his hands.

The Chief Minister, however, dismissed the Opposition demand for Sidhu’s resignation as not important.

As for Sidhu going for Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony, it was in his personal capacity due to his close relations with the former cricketer from their cricketing days, said Capt Amarinder Singh, in response to another question.
 

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