Punjab

NOT AFRAID OF INTIMDATION TACTICS OF FORMER TAINTED MINISTER": KHAIRA, CAPTAIN FLAYS KHAIRA OVER TRESSPASS BID

May 27, 2018 07:02 PM

Chandigarh/Batala (Face2News)

Not afraid of the intimidation tactics of former tainted Minister Rana Gurjit, will take my battle to the logical end to safeguard the waters of Punjab , says Sukhpal Singh Khaira, Leader of Opposition on Sunday. 

LoP Khaira while releasing a statement here today stated that during his battle to save the waters of the Punjab and the environment, he is not afraid of the tyranny of arrogant politicians like former tainted Minister Rana Gurjit Singh and will continue his war of state interests till the last. Meanwhile Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday condemned Sukhpal Singh Khaira for trying to force his way into Rana Gurjit’s factory in Batala and warned that any attempt by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader to take the law in his hands would be dealt with as per law.

It is pertinent to mention here that S. Khaira had a program today at V. Buttar Sivian, to examine the release of toxic industrial wastage by Rana Sugar mill in the adjacent drain, which ultimately merges with river Beas. Due to the release of polluted waste, residents of surrounding villages are suffering from chronic diseases such as cancer, Hepatitis, blindness etc.

NOBODY CAN BE ALLOWED TO TAKE LAW IN THEIR HANDS: CM

Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday condemned  Khaira for trying to force his way into Rana Gurjit’s factory in Batala and warned that any attempt by the AAP leader to take the law in his hands would be dealt with as per laW.The Chief Minister lambasted the Leader of the Opposition for indulging in cheap street politics to grab media and public attention ahead of tomorrow’s Shahkot bypoll, saying it was obvious that AAP leaders had not learnt their lessons from their series of ignominious electoral defeats not just in Punjab but across the country. 

 

 

Apart from releasing poisonous residue into the drain the said Rana Sugar Mill has several large bores of more than 500 feet in the factory premises to dispose toxic waste into the soil. By doing so the mill has contaminated the ground water and the water of surrounding villages has been polluted upto such extent that it cannot be used for drinking and even irrigation human purposes. Due to this widespread pollution, the existence of upcoming generations has been endangered also. By these wrongful acts of the mill a huge number of aquatic animals and other animals including livestock have been killed in large numbers and due to pollution the water in surrounding villages has turned into poison.

Before Khaira’s visit to the said drain today, the former tainted Minister collected a large number of armed “goonda” outside the factory and near the drain, and police acted as mute spectator. Instead of taking any action against the goons, the police pressurized the Leader of the Opposition to cancel the program. But S. Khaira inspected the drain according to his schedule and inspected the villages adjacent to the factory Dhardion, Butter, Gagarbhana etc., where villagers told him about their problems. Huge number of patients suffering from cancer, hepatitis, blindness met Mr. Khaira.

Khaira told that he had not came to Buttar Sivian to fight with anybody but he came to listen to the problems of the people so that they could be raised in the Vidhan Sabha. Khaira said that a notice has been issued to Rana Sugar Mill by the National Green Tribunal. Khaira also informed that he has written to the Chairman of the Punjab Pollution Control Board regarding strict criminal proceedings against Rana Sugar Mill on complaints of residents of the villagers. (copy of complaint attached)  Khaira chided Rana Gurjit and said that if not even a drop of poisonous residue from his factory is not being released in the drain, then why is he so scared? Why he was preventing Khaira from visiting the drain?

While lambasting on police who turned to be a mute spectator, Khaira advised that instead of acting as a handy tool of the tainted Minister and preventing him, action should be taken against the armed goons who gathered in large numbers outside the mill. S. Khaira also disclosed that he already had brought to notice of the IG and SSP about the gathering of armed goondas by the mill owners last night.  Khaira said that he is not afraid of the intimidation tactics of tainted persons like Ex Minister Rana Gurjit and will take the fight of waters of Punjab to a logical conclusion.

NOBODY CAN BE ALLOWED TO TAKE LAW IN THEIR HANDS: CM

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday condemned Sukhpal Singh Khaira for trying to force his way into Rana Gurjit’s factory in Batala and warned that any attempt by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader to take the law in his hands would be dealt with as per laW.

The Chief Minister lambasted the Leader of the Opposition for indulging in cheap street politics to grab media and public attention ahead of tomorrow’s Shahkot bypoll, saying it was obvious that AAP leaders had not learnt their lessons from their series of ignominious electoral defeats not just in Punjab but across the country. 

Khaira’s trespass bid amounted to sheer violation of the law, with the potential to trigger violence, said the Chief Minister, adding that neither the state police nor his government could allow anyone to indulge in such criminal actions to promote their vested political interests. 

Despite being warned about the serious trouble it could lead to, considering the fact that the move could have provoked the mill workers and staff into retaliation, Khaira did not desist from moving towards the premises, said the Chief Minister, terming it a clear attempt on the AAP leader’s part to divert public attention on the eve of the Shahkot polling. 

AAP had a history of resorting to theatrics in the run-up to any election, said Captain Amarinder, adding that Khaira’s act had exposed the party’s desperation in the face of their imminent wipe-out in the Shahkot by-election. 

Khaira had behaved extremely irresponsibly with his shameless act, said the Chief Minister, adding that as leader of the opposition, it was his responsibility to uphold the law and not defy it. Unfortunately, AAP had always promoted a culture of lawlessness which every party leader had emulated and continued to follow, refusing to acknowledge that such acts inevitably backfired on them, said Captain Amarinder. 

His government, asserted the Chief Minister, was committed to maintaining law and order in the state at all costs, and nobody would be allowed to disturb the peace in the Punjab. 

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