As UK joined the ranks of main international locations which have overtly rejected the SFJ’s ‘Referendum 2020’, chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday known as upon SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal to open his eyes to the secessionist menace of anti-Indian forces as an alternative of indulging in political theatrics over the Illegal Actions (Prevention) Act or UAPA, which their very own authorities had used extensively throughout their tenure.
Welcoming UK’s assertion on ‘Referendum 2020’, Amarinder expressed shock that Sukhbir continues to show a blind eye to the menace posed by Pakistan-backed Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), and different terrorist and radical forces working to destabilise India, significantly Punjab. “Can’t he (Sukhbir) see that the arrests underneath the UAPA, which he’s opposing, are a part of the state authorities’s technique to fight this menace?” he questioned.
“After Canada, the UK has now come out with a categorical assertion that “it isn’t concerned in any manner on this unofficial and non-binding referendum…and considers Indian Punjab as a part of India,” based on a state authorities launch.
Amarinder reminded the SAD chief of his earlier provide to look into any case of misuse of the UAPA and wrongful arrest underneath the identical. “Why don’t you ship me the listing of circumstances which you declare the police have registered wrongfully?” he requested SAD chief, whereas in search of an inventory of the names of these arrested underneath UAPA throughout the SAD-BJP rule.
The CM stated the Badal authorities had registered greater than 60 circumstances underneath the UAPA throughout their time period. Of the 225 individuals arrested in these circumstances, 120 have been both acquitted or discharged. “Ought to the massive variety of acquittals/discharges not be construed to imply you had utilized the Act indiscriminately?” Captain Amarinder requested Sukhbir, questioning his motives in giving a communal twist to a few of the current arrests made by the Punjab Police underneath UAPA.
Amarinder stated that if the Akalis believed the UAPA to be anti-people and divisive, then Sukhbir, as deputy CM and residential minister within the erstwhile SAD-BJP authorities, shouldn’t have utilized it in so many circumstances. The Congress, which was in opposition then, had assumed that the UAPA was getting used to maintain terror in test within the state, he added. He additionally accused the Akali chief of making an attempt to create a divide between communities along with his mindless assault on the state authorities’s makes an attempt to test the anti-Punjab forces from succeeding of their sport plan.