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Dec 11, 2012 at 06:06pm IST

Amritsar molestation: Punjab Deputy CM orders dismissal of policemen who ran away from the spot

Amritsar: The Akali Dal government in Punjab has finally taken strong action in the Amritsar molestation case. Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal has ordered the dismissal of all the policemen who ran away from the spot instead of taking on the accused in the Amritsar case, in which, a policeman was allegedly shot dead as he tried to save his daughters from molesters.

Earlier on Saturday, the Punjab government had suspended DIG Border Range PS Umranangal over the murder of ASI Ravinderpal Singh. The action came following a visit by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to Rampura village where he met the family of the slain policeman.

Badal met Singh's daughter and other family members 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.

(With additional information from PTI)