Jakhar holds police responsible for deaths by ‘liquor mafia’
Blaming the police, Punjab Congress spokesperson Sunil Jakhar on Sunday demanded that personnel responsible for the recent deaths of four men allegedly killed by the liquor mafia (Sharaab Mafia), be booked.
On Sunday Jakhar visited the family of Munish Luthra, who was murdered last week. Luthra’s family claimed he was killed by people who had police patronage.
He hailed Congress’s decision to burn a “chhitta Raavan” effigy during the prime minister’s visit on October 18 in Ludhiana. He said the prime minister, who spoke against drug menace in his ‘Mann ki Baat’, should clear his stand on the patronage of politicians to liquor mafia.
Taking a dig at Modi, Jakhar said during Bihar poll campaign last year, Modi used to warn the people of “jungle raj” if the BJPwas not voted to power. Now PM should explain “jungle Raj” in Punjab, he said.
Jakhar condemned the Akalis. “It is surprising that in spite of such a brutal killings of youth by mafia, Chief Minister and his Deputy did not get time to visit the victims’ family,” he said.
“In all these murders, the common connection is ‘inaction of police’, and its connections with the liquor mafia. If police had acted timely then precious lives could have been saved,” said Jakhar. Alleging that the recent murders in Abohar, Fazilka, Muktsar and Mansa were a fallout of this “connection” he demanded that the station house officers in these areas be booked.
“All four SHOs should be booked under abatement to suicide and 120B (conspiracy),” he said. He also called the liquor mafia “butchers”.