Chandigarh, Jul 5 (PTI) Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Tuesday vowed that he will not rest till the perpetrators of desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib are put behind the bars.
"The desecration of the Sri Guru Granth Sahibji on the sacred land of Punjab is a blot on us. This inhuman crime is unimaginable and unpardonable, the guilty of which can never be spared," said the chief minister during a conclave organised by a private news channel here.
According to a state government statement, the chief minister said it is unfortunate that after the passage of so many years, the guilty of this heinous crime are still roaming free.
"This has happened just because the Akalis and the Congress hobnobbed with each other to save the culprits," he alleged.
However, he said the day is not far when the guilty will be behind the bars for which his government will not leave any stone unturned.
The chief minister claimed that so far the culprits have escaped the punishment with the patronisation of the successive governments.
"This has discontinued after our government was formed because we are firmly committed to punish the culprits," Bhagwant Mann said, adding that the best officers will pursue further investigation into the case and best lawyers will contest the cases in the court.
The desecration incidents related to the theft of a 'bir' (copy) of the Guru Ganth Sahib, putting up handwritten sacrilegious posters and torn pages of the holy book found scattered at Bargari had taken place in Faridkot in 2015. These incidents had led to protests in Faridkot. In the police firing at protesters in October 2015, two persons were killed in Behbal Kalan while some people were injured at Kotkapura in Faridkot.
The CM also described gangsters as a national problem and said all states will have to join hands for curbing this gangster culture.
The chief minister said there is no "credit war" for the elimination of organised gangs as every state is sensitive towards it.
He also lashed out at the Congress and the Akalis for "promoting gangster culture in the state".
Mann said his only target is to make Punjab a front-ranking state in country and strenuous efforts are being made for it.
Mann said most of his ministers may be new to the political arena but their vision and dedication is unmatched. It is unfortunate that Punjab is reeling under huge debt but instead of worrying about the well-being of the public, the opposition leaders are worried about their own salaries, he said.
Bhagwant Mann, according to the government statement, said as his government has plugged in all pilferage of public money by checking corruption "due to which most of the politicians and bureaucrats now think that their original salaries are too low as compared to the money minted by them through illegal means".
He warned that any person who has looted even a single penny of the public will be made accountable to people. He will expose all such plunderers and severest of severe action will be taken against them as per the law, he said.
Lashing out at former chief ministers Parkash Singh Badal and Amarinder Singh for their "non performance", Mann said these two leaders ruled the state for a long time but they didn't construct any good hospital in state due to which they prefer to go abroad for their treatment.
"Though both Amarinder and Badal secured quality treatment for themselves at London and New York, respectively, people in the state are striving hard for good treatment," he said. PTI SUN VSD
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