Capt Amarinder Singh visits kin of victims, hikes aid to Rs 5 lakh each - ECAS Punjab

Capt Amarinder Singh visits kin of victims, hikes aid to Rs 5 lakh each

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GS Paul

Tribune News Service

Tarn Taran, August 7

Terming the spurious liquor tragedy nothing short of "mass murders", Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today promised the victim families that severest punishment would be given to the perpetrators of the heinous crime, who "knowingly took so many lives to make a quick buck".

'Will ensure fast-track hearing'

The perpetrators of this heinous crime deserve no leniency. We will depute special prosecutors to ensure fast-track hearing and exemplary punishment to the accused. Capt Amarinder Singh, CM

During his visit to Guru Arjan Dev Stadium in Tarn Taran where he met the bereaved families, the Chief Minister announced hiked compensation from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh each. He handed over a cheque amounting to Rs 2.92 crore to the Deputy Commissioner.

He said those who survived but lost their eyesight would also be given the financial aid of Rs 5 lakh each.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar, Chief Principal Secretary Suresh Kumar and DGP Dinkar Gupta, besides Khadoor Sahib MP JS Dimpa and MLA Ramanjit Singh Sikki.

'Need to go after big fish'

Those who shelter the big fish in the illegal trade must be taken to task and those who are negligent in performing their duties must also be dealt with sternly. Sunil Jakhar, PPCC Chief

When questioned about the complaint against a Congress MLA and his PA for their alleged involvement in the illicit liquor trade, the CM said: "How can we come to a conclusion even before the investigation? The perpetrators of the heinous crime deserve no leniency. We will depute special prosecutors to ensure fast-track hearing in the case and exemplary punishment to the accused, whosoever they may be."

Besides the two SITs, a magisterial probe had been ordered to bring out the truth, he added.

He, however, said such a ghastly incident was unheard of in Punjab, which happened due to "the incompetency and lapses" in monitoring by police and excise officials, who were directly related with the issue.

Jakhar claimed that those nabbed so far were just small-time criminals whereas the big fish was still enjoying immunity. "Those who shelter them must be taken to task and those who are negligent in performing their duties must also be dealt with sternly," he said.

The CM also promised jobs for the next of kin as per their age and qualification, pucca houses for those living in temporary ones, besides enrolling them under the government's health and pension schemes.



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