Chandigarh: Reacting strongly to reports of the arrest of Nabha jailbreak mastermind from the house of an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) worker, Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh has demanded a thorough probe into Arvind Kejriwal’s nexus with militants and gangsters in the state.
‘It would be foolhardy to treat Kejriwal’s stay at Gurwinder’s house as an isolated instance’
In a statement issued here, the Congress chief ministerial candidate expressed serious concern over the arrest of Gurpreet Singh Sekhon from an AAP activist’s house, just two weeks after Kejriwal himself courted controversy by staying at a KLF militant’s home in Punjab.
There is apparently a strong nexus between AAP and militants as well as dreaded gangsters, posing a major threat to the state’s security and safety, said Captain Amarinder, demanding an independent investigation, preferably by a Central agency, into the party’s dangerous links.
With the Maur bomb blast also being traced to KLF, and occurring just a few days after Kejriwal’s suspicious stay at KLF terrorist Gurwinder Singh during his Punjab visit ahead of the assembly polls, the situation warranted a detailed inquiry into what appeared to be nefarious links between AAP and anti-social elements, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief said.
While AAP, led by Kejriwal, had increasingly been exposing its extremist ideology in the run-up to the polls, things had now come to a head in the wake of the latest reports of Sekhon’s arrest from the home of party activist Goldy Gill, an NRI who had been actively engaged in campaigning for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), said Captain Amarinder.
It was no longer possible, he said, to brush away controversial Kejriwal’s stay as a mere coincidence, as the AAP leadership had been trying to project. It would be foolhardy to treat Kejriwal’s stay at Gurwinder’s house as an isolated instance, with the latest incident giving credence to suspicions of deep-rooted links between AAP and criminals as well as militants, said Captain Amarinder, adding that the threat of revival of terrorism in Punjab could not be undermined and needed to be dealt with an iron hand.
Captain Amarinder lashed out at Kejriwal’s attempts to radicalize the youth of Punjab with its dangerous mix of extreme left and extreme right ideology, saying the state had suffered enough during its militancy period and could not afford to be plunged once again into the dark days of terrorism. He urged the people of Punjab to be wary of all such attempts on the part of AAP and report any suspicious activity to the authorities without delay so that the trouble could be nipped in the bud.