PunjabNewsline.com - Citizens committee indicts politicians, cops for Ludhiana violence 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.