Attack on Punjab police building is final nail in AAP government’s law and order coffin


Chandīgarh: The Aam Aadmi Party government, led by Bhagwant Mann for 50 days in Punjab, appears to be deeply entrenched in law and order issues, with a new incident being reported with every passing day.

Just days after violent clashes in Patiala, a suspected grenade attack on the evening of Monday May 10, at the police intelligence headquarters in Mohali, not far from the high security zone of Chandigarh, the capital of Punjab, is a brutal shock for the Mann government.

Windows on one of the building’s floors were smashed, although no casualties were reported.

As police sounded the alarm across the state, the optics are unforgiving. The incident comes at a time when Mohali Police were busy tackling the misadventure of Tajinderpal Singh Bagga. Police failed to arrest Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson last week – accused of making allegedly offensive remarks against AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal – due to interference from their counterparts from Delhi and Haryana.

This prompted the opposition in the state to unite against the Mann government for allegedly abusing the Punjab police to please its bosses in Delhi at the cost of ignoring pressing public order issues, which would have engulfed the new government since its creation on March 16.

A few days after the new government took office, there was targeted assassinations Kabaddi players, which police say was the work of gangsters. This was followed by the violent takeover truckers’ unions in Punjab in which leaders associated with the new government were heavily involved.

Then the clash between a right-wing Hindu Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) group and pro-Khalistani groups outside the Kali Mata Mandir in Patiala was another stain on the new government.

Visuals allegedly of the Patiala clash, tweeted by the Punjab Youth Congress account. Photo: Twitter/@IYCPunjab

Adding to the series of episodes, an explosion, believed to have been caused by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG), has added to new government concerns as the AAP seeks to make its presence felt politically – y comprised in poll-related Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

“The RPG is a shoulder-mounted anti-tank weapon. The remains found at the attack site had words written in Chinese,” police told reporters.

Although the police did not make it clear, they investigated the Mohali case as an act of terror. It comes close to the threat of the Pakistani terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad of target VIPs in the state and blow up large facilities.

Two men on bicycles were arrested on May 8 with an improvised explosive device or an IED containing 1.5 kilograms of RDX explosive in the Tarn Taran village of Naushehra Pannuan.

Sources said central agencies have been in contact with authorities in the border state.

It should be noted that Punjab, for more than two decades, has been plunged into terror.

While the Mann government has taken a series of populist decisions in order to hold its announcements ahead of the poll, many in Punjab believe that law and order should be carefully managed in the state instead of cutting local resources to regulate. political accounts against rivals.

Prior to the Bagga episode, police had also brought criminal charges against Kejriwal’s friends-turned-enemies, Kumar Vishwas and Alka Lamba, for insulting the party leader.

The opposition takes the cudgel

CM Mann in his tweet said in Punjabi: “Mohali Police are investigating the incident. Anyone who tries to spoil the peace will not be spared.

Sharing Mann’s tweet, Arvind Kejriwal also posted a statement on Twitter, saying the Mohali explosion is a “cowardly act” by those who want to disturb the peace of Punjab.

“The AAP government will not allow these people’s wishes to be granted. Peace will be maintained under all circumstances with the cooperation of all the people of Punjab and the culprits will be severely punished,” Kejriwal said.

Long before Mann or Kejriwal responded, opposition politicians had railed on the issue.

Chairman of Shiromani Akali Dal, Sukhbir Singh Badal, in a declared tweet that he was deeply shocked by the explosion.

Former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh tweeted after the incident, calling a brazen attack.

Calling it a “serious security breach”, Delhi BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa took a swipe at the Mann government, saying that it took place just a week after the Patiala clash.

Punjab Congress Leader Amarinder Singh Raja Warring also called the explosion disturbing news.

On the other hand, the former Home Minister of Punjab, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, in a Twitter Statement called the Mohali bombing a “sign of deep communalism”. He urged the Mann government to investigate and take tough action against those who intend to disturb the peace.

Surprisingly, former Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who had a 50 minute meeting with Mann on Monday evening after which he praised him for his responsiveness, remained silent about it.

Congressman Sukhpal Khaira, on the other hand, blamed Kejriwal for the law and order problem in Punjab.

“I think Arvind Kejriwal should take responsibility for the total failure on the law and order front like the Mohali outburst last night because Bhagwant Mann is not in charge. Such things happen when you use the police for personal gain, like a private militia, rather than for law and order,” he said.

Reacting to the developments, AAP Punjab spokesman Malvinder Singh Kang said in a statement that the blast in Mohali was regrettable but the situation was under control.

“The politically spent forces, who have a dim view of Punjab, will not be allowed to deploy their dirty tricks to achieve their ambitions. Even since the noose around drug cartels, gangsters, mafias has tightened, they feel nervous. Punjab will fight back and defeat them,” Kang said.

“The unease of the anti-Punjab forces is understandable,” he said, hinting at a wider conspiracy against the AAP government in Punjab.


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