April 4, 2016 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
In a controversial move the Punjab government has reportedly decided to provide security to Youth Akali Dal (YAD) leaders. As per media reports 31 YAD leaders have already been provided security officers.
A communiqué in this regard was issued on April 1, with a copy being sent to the Additional DGP (Security) and IGP, Indian Reserve Battalion.
The list of those provided security include YAD district chiefs Veerpal Singh Malwa (Moga), Yadwinder Singh Yadu (Ludhiana), Manpreet Singh Talwandi, Gurpreet Singh Babbal, Gurdeep Singh Gosha, Baljit Singh Chettwal, Sharanjit Singh Sharan, Manjot Singh, Kulwinder Singh Vickey, Ravinder Singh Dhillon, Jashandeep Singh Sekhon, Charandeep Singh, Kuldeep Singh, Harpreet Singh Dhindsa, Narinder Singh, Vishal Sood, Avtar Singh, Joginder Singh, Lakhwinder Singh, Shavi Kathpal, Harpal Juneja, Parminder Singh Brar, Gurminder Singh Kishanpur, Sukhdev Singh, Rajneet Khurana, Jugraj Singh Jaggi, Karambir Singh Ghuman, Sukhdeep Singh Sukar, Kuljit Singh, Dilbagh Singh and Sukhbir Singh. Hardeep Singh and Dimpi Dhillon, halqa chiefs, Gidderbaha, too have been given a guard each.
“The policemen attached with the YAD leaders are from the Punjab Armed Police (PAP-Jalandhar) and IRB. All these YAD leaders are believed to be close to Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, who is also YAD chief”, notes The Tribune.
Some Shiv Sena leaders, who claimed to have received threats, were recently provided personal security, causing resentment in the YAD rank and file, who sought protection likewise.
Congress, Mann criticise move:
Congress leader Ishwarjot Singh Cheema said that many of the YAD leaders who were provided security covers by the Badal government had tainted past. He said that some of the leaders were allegedly involved in murder cases.
In a written statement issued today, S. Simranjeet Singh Mann
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