Punjab Cong asks Centre to depute IB staff for leaders' security

Close on the heels of the attack on Lt Gen (retd) K S Brar, Punjab Congress today petitioned to the Centre against the Akali Dal-led state government for sympathising with radical elements.

Congress Legislature Party Leader Sunil Jakhar on Friday met Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and handed over a memorandum to him demanding deputation of Intelligence Bureau and other security agencies to ensure the security of leaders in Punjab. Jhakar, Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly, said the state government was "changing the definition of martyrs by calling the killers of former CM Beant Singh as martyrs".

He also raised the issue of Akalis promoting radicalism in the state by openly backing a memorial for those killed in 'Operation Blue Star'.

In the memorandum submitted on the behalf of Punjab Congress, Jakhar said the Akali-BJP government in the state had "failed to give direction to the youth of the state, causing unemployment and offering ready fodder for radical elements."

He said even though the Akali-led government had been elected for the second time, it was indulging in gimmicks.

"This kind of game is dangerous. More than Akalis, the BJP is to be blamed because their silence on the issue is deafening.

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