Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 4
A day after the police detained around 20 persons with arms and later let them off with minor charges, former Punjab Cabinet minister and SAD general secretary Bikram Singh Majithia today accused the Congress government of sheltering anti-social elements and gangsters.
Demanding a thorough probe, he urged DGP Suresh Arora to form a special investigation team (SIT) to look into the matter. “Law of the jungle prevails in the Majitha Assembly constituency with goons aligned with Congress leaders resorting to open goondaism. The police have been relegated to a silent spectator,” he said in a press release.
He said, “Two armed groups, having allegiance to the Congress, created a law and order problem yesterday when they confronted each other with arms and sharp edged weapons. Though the police reached the spot and detained them, besides seizing four cars and weapons, the accused managed to get themselves off scot-free soon thereafter.”
He alleged that the police succumbed under political pressure from Congress leader Sukhjinder Raj Singh Lalli Majithia’s brother Jeetu.
He claimed that the reports were filtering in, that both the groups belonged to Harry Chatha and Jaggu Bhagwanpuria gangs and had clashed over the issue of sharing of spoils of the ‘satta’ trade in the area.
When contacted, Lalli Majithia said members of both groups were not gangsters as being claimed by Bikram Majithia. They had some dispute and arrested by the police before indulging in any clash. He said law would take its own course and added that Congress didn’t support any criminal element. “Everybody knows who sheltered mafias and criminals in Majitha. I do not need to tell everyone about this,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Majitha police have registered two separate cases in connection with the seizure of firearms and sharp edge weapons from a car yesterday. Around 20 persons were rounded up.
Three of them have been charged under the Arms Act. They have been identified as Sukhjinder Singh alias Sona of Majitha, Sikander Singh of Dadupura village and Sukjinder Singh of Vadala village. They were travelling in a car bearing registration number PB-06-O-6061. A .32 bore pistol with four rounds, a .315 bore rifle with five rounds and an empty .315 bore rifle was seized. Though they claimed to have the license of the weapons but they could not produce the same.
Majitha SHO Bhupinder Kaur said the accused were not gangsters. She said a separate case of unlawful assembly was registered against the remaining accused as they were not in possession of any arms.