Amritsar: It was Punjab's moment of Shame when a policeman was shot dead while trying to save his daughter from molesters in Amritsar. The man who allegedly shot him, Akali Dal leader Ranjit Rana, has now been arrested with his accomplice while the police department has also acted against the SHO of the area for dereliction of duty.
The Punjab police chief on Thursday found it hard to explain how one of his own men was shot dead by molesters in the middle of the city of Amritsar, and yet the culprits initially escaped and police assistance for Ravinder Singh and his injured daughter took a long time to come.
Even more embarassing for the Punjab government is the fact that one of the molesters is a local Akali Dal leader. In damage control mode, the administration quickly tried to send out a tough message, saying, "We caught the accused within 10 hours of the incident...we took it seriously."
Punjab Information Minister Bikram Majithia also expressed his grief over the death of the Assistant Sub Inspector and conceded that the party had to relook into the appointments in the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
Majithia said, "Appointments made in the party have to be relooked into. Sukhbir Singh Badal and the party president are very clear on their policy that there can be no compromise on a worker in the party who does not know how to live his life in the society or respect women."
The girl who was being harassed by this youth activist had complained to the police earlier as well, but no action was taken. Following this, she told her father about the molesters. Now, the grieving family is demanding justice.
Wife of the victim said, "My daughter and husband were coming back, I don't know what exactly happened. But I demand justice for what happened."
Meanwhile the opposition was quick to politicise the death. Opposition leader Khaira said, "The Congress has been saying for a long time that law and order has collapsed in Punjab. Sukhbir Badal should resign immediately."
Three of the accused are now in custody, but three more continue to remain at large. It is now a big challenge for the state government to regain its lost image.