Opinion Citizens committee indicts politicians, cops for Ludhiana violence

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    Citizens committee indicts politicians, cops for Ludhiana violence

    Punjab Newsline Network
    Thursday, 17 December 2009

    LUDHIANA: A fact-finding committee has indicted the police and the
    district authorities for arson and other acts of violence that occur
    in punjab in the first week of December. Political leaders had added
    fuel to the fire to draw political mileage, the committee observed.

    A fact-finding committee, comprising prominent residents, social
    activists and trade union members, has demanded a judicial probe into
    the series of incidents leading to violence, imposition of curfew,
    loss to property and a sense of insecurity among migrants and other
    sections of society.

    The committee, led by Jagmohan Singh, general secretary, Association
    for Democratic Rights, released its report at a press conference here
    on Wednesday.

    Jagmohan Singh said a demand had been made for an adequate
    compensation package, immediate release of migrant workers and
    members of their families who had been arrested, strict action
    against anti-social elements, steps for improvement in the law and
    order situation and an effective mechanism for registration and
    speedy redressal of migrants' grievances.

    The report maintained that at most places where miscreants and
    anti-social elements had indulged in arson and robbing of migrants'
    families, the police was not only a mute spectator, but at times, the abettor.

    The migrants' outburst was mainly due to the insensitive attitude of
    the police and the situation was allowed to go out of hand by
    low-rung and middle-level police officials to settle scores with
    migrants, he pointed out.

    Regarding the clashes between radical Sikh and Hindu groups on the
    issue of a religious congregation by Ashutosh Maharaj, the committee
    pointed out that the administration was guided by political considerations.

    Other members of the committee were Dr Arun Mitra, general secretary,
    Indian Doctors for Peace and Development, AK Maleri, Dr HS Grewal, DP
    Maur, general secretary, Joint Council of Trade Unions, Ramesh Rattan
    and Gurbant Singh, chairman and general secretary, respectively,
    Small Scale Industries and Traders Association, Naval Chhiber and
    Narjit Kaur, convener, Working Women Forum.

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