Chandigarh, (Gurpreet) The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government had become a party to defaming Punjab and Punjabis and playing politics of polarization in league with the centre to hide its failures on all fronts, even as it asked the government to come clean on the reasons for arrest of hundreds of Sikh youth.
Addressing a press conference here, senior leader Dr Daljit Singh Cheema along with party legal wing president Arshdeep Singh Kler said it was incumbent for chief minister Bhagwant Mann to tell why scores of para military forces were used to project that a war was being waged against the country but the contours of the conspiracy had not been outlined till now. “It seems a deliberate attempt is being made to recreate the atmosphere of the 1980’s”, he added.
Giving details, Dr Daljit Cheema said the government had disclosed that a total of 353 persons had been arrested and that 197 out of these had been let off. “The government has also indicated that there is nothing incriminating against 156 more persons and that only 40 persons had serious cases pending against them”. He said the government must tell what it had found out, adding “as of now what has been revealed are only cases under the Arms Act”.