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Politics of Vendetta
Punjab Cong seeks NHRC intervention
Prashant Sood
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 2
Alleging politics of vendetta by the Parkash Singh Badal government, Punjab Congress today sought intervention of the National Human Rights Commission to prevent "excesses" against its workers in the state.

Former state Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, who is Leader of Congress Legislature Party, led a delegation of party leaders to NHRC chairman Justice S. Rajendra Babu to complain about the “atrocities” being committed against the party activists.

Bhattal, who was accompanied by some persons who had suffered "excesses", gave a list of cases to the NHRC.

Citing specific instances of police excesses against supporters of the party from Dalit community, Bhattal accused the Badal government of propagating "Jathedar raj."

The CLP leader said Badal government was visible only in Chandigarh and police stations, whereas other parts of the state, particularly in rural areas, were "running like offices of Akali Dal."

Party leader Parminder Singh, who was part of the delegation, said the NHRC had assured them that it would soon send a team to the state to look into the complaints.

Bhattal said they had apprised the party's central leaders about difficulties being faced by party workers.

Asked if case against former Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh was also included in the cases of vendetta, she said they had come to complain about excesses against party workers.

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