Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today visited Rampura village and met family of the policeman, who was shot dead allegedly by a local SAD leader after he resisted harassment of his daughter by the politician and his aides.
Badal met daughter and other family members of slain ASI Ravinderpal Singh and expressed condolence.
Singh's daughter told Badal that her father was publicly beaten by the accused before being shot dead.
The 23-year-old girl told the chief minister that the accused also slapped her repeatedly before passersby.
She claimed the SHO of the police station concerned was "equally responsible" for not acting on her complaint against the accused.
The SHO has been dismissed.
After listening to her, Badal, while expressing sympathy with the family, said Punjab Government would extend all possible help to the family, since Ravinderpal was an honest and hard working officer.
Later, Badal told reporters that there was no threat to peace in Punjab as law and order situation all over the state was within the control.
His response came after being asked about the allegations of opposition Congress that there was complete breakdown of law and order and "jungle raj" was prevailing in the state.
Badal said,"One should not give political colours to this issue, but share sympathy with the family."
Talking about the accused, Badal said Ranjit Singh Rana was not an old party worker since he was admitted in the party fold recently and the party was not aware about his character.
"There would be no leniency shown with the accused involved in the murder of ASI," Badal said.
Rana was SAD's secretary (urban) here for the last three months. He along with his four accomplices had allegedly shot dead ASI Ravinderpal on December 5.
Rana along with three of his accomplices were arrested by the police next day.
Meanwhile, People's Party of Punjab chief Manpreet Singh Badal also visited
the bereaved family.
Manpreet, estranged nephew of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, dismissed
sacking of the SHO as "a cover up exercise" of the Akali-BJP government.
"People are not satisfied with the dismissal of an SHO. The responsibility lies
with the chief minister and the state's home minister, and action needs to be
initiated against them in case they do not resign," the PPP chief said.
The PPP chief said his party would be submitting a memorandum to the Punjab
Governor seeking a judicial inquiry into the incident.
Manpreet alleged this is not an isolated incident since it came close on the
heels of an abduction case involving a 15-year-old girl from Faridkot.
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