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Punjab CM to blame if my family harmed: Bajwa

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Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 11

The tussle in the Punjab Congress over the withdrawal of state security cover to Congress MP Partap Singh Bajwa intensified on Tuesday as he wrote to DGP, Chandigarh, Sanjay Baniwal that in case of any harm to his family, the Punjab Chief Minister and Punjab DGP would be solely responsible.

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Capt Amarinder Singh, CM

Lack of maturity

By looking at the whole affair with a myopic vision, Bajwa has once again shown lack of political maturity.

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The former PPCC chief's statement comes a day after Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh denied that the government was being vindictive. The CM said the withdrawal of the state security cover was after a periodic review of the threat assessment carried out by the state police.

In his communication to the Chandigarh DGP, Bajwa said his family has been under threat since the days of terrorism in Punjab. His father Satnam Singh Bajwa, a former minister, was killed in a terrorist attack in Amritsar in 1987 and he himself survived a bomb attack in Batala in 1990.

"Given the high threat perception, the Government of India under Dr Manmohan Singh in 2013 had provided me with security in addition to the protection given by the Punjab Police. The Central cover was withdrawn in July 2019 by the Union Government. But on the recommendation of Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha, the Ministry of Home Affairs re-evaluated my threat perception and restored the additional security in March 2020," said Bajwa.

Bajwa has alleged that the withdrawal of security cover was politically motivated. He said he had been repeatedly highlighting the politico-police-drug nexus, production and distribution of illicit liquor and rampant illegal mining in Punjab.

In a separate communication to the Punjab DGP, Bajwa said he was concerned about the "politicisation" of threat assessment reports. "I would like to point out that Parkash Singh Badal, Sukhbir Badal and Bikramjit Singh Majithia have been provided security by the Centre as well as the state government. Why have you not withdrawn their security on the same grounds?" he added.



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