Chandigarh – A joint Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) – Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation today submitted a memorandum to Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore and enjoined him to direct the State government to hold a judicial inquiry into the murderous assault on forest officials by the sand mafia in Mohali as well as into illegal activities of this mafia in Punjab as it had engulfed the State in lawlessness.The joint SAD-BJP delegation, which was led by SAD MP and secretary general Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and BJP state president Shwait Malik briefed the Governor about the murderous assault on two forest officials by the sand mafia in Mohali two days back as well as open patronage being extended to the mafia by the Congress party. It also urged the Governor to direct the Congress government to ensure the safety of life and property of all employees who were working sincerely to check illegal activities besides taking prompt action to bring those indulging in such heinous acts to book immediately. Briefing the Governor about the attack on the forest officials, the delegation said the state was descending into ‘Jungle Raj’ with the honest government officials who wanted to do their duty and check illegal mining becoming the subject of murderous assaults. It said that on June 18, block forest official Devinder Singh was attacked with sharp edged weapons by mafia members travelling with a tractor trolley containing illegally mined sand at Seonk village in Mohali. It said while Davinder was grappling for life in the ICU ward of PGIMER, beldar Karnail Singh who was with him at the check point, was also injured and was also admitted to the PGIMER in a serious condition. The delegation said all this was happening because there was a sinister nexus between ruling party and criminals in the state, so whenever a probe was started for any heinous crime, it was sabotaged midway by ruling party members. The delegation also apprised the Governor that the law and order situation in Punjab started crumbling immediately after the Congress government came into being with Capt Amarinder Singh at the helm. It said in the last one year it had turned from bad to worse with armed robberies, murders, extortions and sensational killings and assassinations becoming the order of the day. Members pointed out that situation had become such that hardcore criminals were openly threatening the chief minister while sitting in jail what to talk about threats to ministers and even the state DGP. The delegation comprised of Balwinder Singh Bhundur, Maheshinder Singh Grewal, Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, Bikram Singh Majithia and Sikander Singh Maluka from the SAD and Madan Mohan Mittal, Rajinder Bhandari, Manoranjan Kalia, Ashwani Sharma, Kamal Sharma and Rakesh Rathore from the BJP.
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