Cong MPs meet Governor, demand CBI investigation - ECAS Punjab

Cong MPs meet Governor, demand CBI investigation

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3

Two Congress Rajya Sabha MPs Partap Singh Bajwa and Shamsher Singh Dullo today met Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore and demanded a probe by the CBI or the Enforcement Directorate (ED) into the spurious liquor tragedy. They said they had no faith in the probe being conducted by the state agencies.

The MPs said the Governor had assured them that he would forward their request to the Centre, while seeking report from the state government. The MPs said apart from meeting party president Sonia Gandhi on the issue of “total administrative failure” of the state government on various issues, they, along with other MPs, would be meeting the Prime Minister and the Home Minister on the issue of investigations into the tragedy.

They said it was not a mere accident, but cold-blooded murders committed out of greed. The complicity of the police, excise officials and politicians in power could not be ruled out, they alleged.

They said there had been losses to the state exchequer due to smuggling of liquor by licensed distilleries during lockdown, functioning of illegal distilleries and production of spurious liquor in Punjab, but no action had ever been taken against the culprits.

Slamming Capt Amarinder Singh, the MPs, in their representation to the Governor, said the Chief Minister had failed to rein in the racket of illegal distilleries.

They said the Chief Minister was even unaware of what was going on in his own district. The first illegal distillery was found at Khanna, the second at Rajpura and the third at Ghanaur. Rajpura and Ghanaur are both part of Patiala, the home district of the Chief Minister and the Parliamentary constituency of his wife.

The excise and police authorities had chosen to ignore the liquor mafia, they claimed, adding that hurdles were being created in the probe being conducted by the ED against illegal distilleries as the big fish remained unmasked.

from The Tribune

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