November 27, 2020

Congress MPs Flag ‘Clear-cut Failure’ of State Govt, Demand CBI, ED Probe



File photo of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

File picture of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

After assembly Governor V P Singh Badnore, Congress chief Bajwa mentioned they’d demanded probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) into the alleged unlawful liquor commerce within the state.

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Two Congress parliamentarians focused their party-led authorities in Punjab on Monday over the spurious liquor tragedy, which has claimed over 100 lives, and petitioned the governor for probe by the CBI and the ED into the “unlawful” commerce in alcohol. Rajya Sabha members Partap Singh Bajwa and Shamsher Singh Dullo alleged “clear-cut failure” on the a part of the state administration and claimed the tragedy may have been averted, had Chief Minister Amarinder Singh acted in time on their complaints about unlawful liquor companies.

After assembly Governor V P Singh Badnore, Congress chief Bajwa mentioned they’d demanded probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) into the alleged unlawful liquor commerce within the state. The MPs mentioned the tragedy was “certain to occur” within the “absence” of well timed motion by the Congress authorities.

The loss of life toll within the spurious liquor tragedy, which has been unfolding in Tarn Taran. Gurdaspur and Amritsar since Wednesday night, rose to 105 on Monday. “Had CM acted in time, the hooch tragedy wouldn’t have taken place…. Now we have been highlighting this challenge since 2017,” Dullo mentioned, including that it was the duty of the state authorities to behave powerful in opposition to liquor smugglers.

He alleged that there was rampant inter-state smuggling of illicit liquor throughout the coronavirus-induced lockdown. The 2 leaders mentioned they’d meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi and, thereafter, take up the problem with the prime minister and the Union house minister.

“We will even elevate the problem of deaths of individuals in Parliament,” mentioned Bajwa. He mentioned the chief minister or the police chief or the chief secretary ought to have visited the areas the place folks died after consuming spurious liquor.

In a letter handed over to the governor, the MPs mentioned for a lot of months, loss to the general public exchequer as a result of smuggling of liquor by licensed distilleries, functioning of unlawful distilleries and manufacturing of spurious liquor in Punjab has been in information. “Now we have raised this challenge because it exhibits a clear-cut failure of the executive equipment within the state…. There was blatant smuggling of liquor from Punjab to different states particularly throughout the COVID lockdown interval,” they mentioned within the letter.

“The liquor mafia have escaped the clutches of regulation with impunity and are nicely linked to these in energy. This nexus has allowed their actions to go unchecked and unregulated,” they alleged. “Spurious liquor was being manufactured and bought everywhere in the state…. Smuggling, functioning of unlawful distilleries, manufacturing and circulation of spurious liquor can’t be finished with out the lively connivance of officers of Excise and Taxation Division in addition to Police Division.  All our efforts to get these criminals reined in have been ignored,” they claimed.

They alleged that the chief minister and his staff selected to “disregard” these points when highlighted by them. They mentioned the chief minister claimed to have acted in opposition to the liquor mafia over the previous couple of months. “Nevertheless, had the police and excise officers acted successfully, the manufacture and circulation of unlawful liquor would have stopped and all the actual culprits could be imprisoned,” the letter acknowledged.

“Subsequently, we request your good self to ship a advice to the Authorities of India to let the Central Bureau of Investigation in addition to the Enforcement Directorate examine the manufacturing and distribution of unlawful liquor in Punjab,” the Congress leaders urged the governor.


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