Chandigarh, April 6-Sukhpal Singh Khaira, president of Punjab Ekta Party today said that Khanna police has shamed Punjab police by its act of ‘looting’ crores of Rupees from the house of a Church priest in Jalandhar going out of their jurisdiction and powers.
In a hard hitting statement issued here Khaira said that Khanna police had planned the ‘loot’ like any other criminal gang and also ensured that all evidence is erased. He said that Khanna police had also not taken Jalandhar police and Income Tax department in confidence before conducting raid of which no entry is made in the Police ‘Roznamcha’ of March 29. All policemen who were involved in the loot were in police uniform and drove to Jalandhar in private vehicles.
He said that he was surprised that neither Punjab DGP or the Home Minister who happens to be Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh have given any clarification on the organised robbery by Police, involving huge amount of about seven crores. The priest, Father Anthony Madassary has accused police of seizing Rs.16.65 crores from his house in Jalandhar and showing recovery of only 9.66 crores that too on GT road near Doraha under Khanna police jurisdiction. He said that priest and his aide were ‘kidnapped’ at gun point by the police and driven to Khanna through an interior route of Apra, Machhiwara and Samrala to evade CCTV cameras on Highway.
Khaira said that a Jungal Raj prevailed in Punjab as there is nobody to question police. He said that Capt Amarinder Singh government had lost control in governance and situation is worst that the previous regime of Parkash Singh Badal. He said that in such a situation no businessman could feel safe in the state. He said that if priest had made money through illegal means, it is subject matter of investigation by Income Tax department and law should take its own course. But giving right to police to ‘loot’ money’ from the house of people can only be described as ‘anarchy’.
Khaira said that even after a week no statement on such a big case of ‘police robbery’ was made by the DGP Dinkar Gupta even after a week of incident. He said that people of state wanted to know who was behind ‘loot’ at the house of priest and who are the real beneficiaries of booty. He said that connivance of high ups in police and government couldn’t be ruled out. Hence the probe must handed over to some independent investigating agency like CBI.
Khaira also claimed that this was not only incident of police seizing money without recording in the official records. Another report needed to be probed that huge foreign currency was seized from a NRI travelling on GT road near Khanna but no recovery is shown. He said that a wider investigation can yield many skeletons from the police cupboard.