Sidhu threatens indefinite fast, asks government to make public STF report on drug menace

Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday threatened to go on an indefinite fast if his party’s state government does not make public the SIT report on the drug menace. Sidhu once again questioned the steps taken by the state government to ensure justice in sacrilege cases.

Addressing a gathering in Moga’s Baghapuran, he hit out at his own government, saying, “If the Punjab government (STF) does not make the report public, Sidhu will go on a fast unto death.”

Sidhu asked, “Thousands of youths perished due to drugs, mothers lost their sons. There is no court order which stops the report from being made public. Who stops you from making the report public.”

“We need to know why the previous chief minister was sitting on this report,” he said.

On cases related to sacrilege of a religious text in 2015, he said, “Sidhu is again seeking justice for the sacrilege.”

The Congress leader had recently demanded that the Special Task Force report on drug menace be made public and a time-bound probe be launched to nab the “big fish responsible for narco-terrorism”.

During a press conference earlier this month, Sidhu had questioned the steps taken by the state government to ensure justice in sacrilege cases.

On the STF report, Sidhu had said, “The Hon’ble High Court provided the government a copy of the STF’s report on drugs. But instead of proceeding according to the law, we have been sitting on the report of STF since February 2018. Even we have failed. Extradite other accused in this multi-crore drugs case. The solution is to catch and punish the bigger fish. ,

Sidhu had earlier been at loggerheads with Amarinder Singh, who recently quit the Congress following his unofficial exit as CM.

After Charanjit Singh Channi took over, Sidhu opposed the appointment of APS Deol as the state’s Advocate General as he had accused former Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini in cases related to the 2015 police firing incidents after insulting a religious text. had represented.

Recently, Deol was replaced as AG.

Sidhu had also quit as Punjab Congress chief to appoint Deol and Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota as Director General of Police.

Later, Sidhu withdrew his resignation but put a precondition that he would take over again on the day a new Advocate General was appointed and a panel came from UPSC to appoint a new Director General of Police.

On 9 November, Channi announced that Deol’s resignation had been accepted following which the new AG was appointed.

On 16 November, Sidhu again took charge in the state office of the party.

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