Punjab hooch tragedy: Amarinder slams Kejriwal for demanding CBI probe

Amarinder Singh further asked the Delhi chief minister not to make use of the tragic affair for bracing his obsolete Aam Aadmi Partys stake in the state.

Expressing full faith in the Punjab police, the CM Amarinder Singh said Kejriwal's demand for a CBI investigate was nothing but a political publicity stunt

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday (Aug 2) hit back at Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal for the demand of a CBI probe into the states hooch tragedy, saying the AAP leader should “mind his own business”.

Amarinder Singh further asked the Delhi chief minister not to make use of the tragic affair for bracing his obsolete Aam Aadmi Partys stake in the state. Kejriwal in his tweet on Sunday demanded a CBI investigate into the Punjab hooch tragedy, which has claimed 98 lives so far.

Singh in a Slamming statement said to Kejriwal, So many people have died and all you are interested in is making political meat from the incident. Don’t you have any shame?
Asking the AAP leader to “mind his own business”, the Punjab CM said his Delhi counterpart should deliberate on maintaining law and order in his own state, which was notorious for the brazen manner in which criminals and gangs were wandering the streets without fear.

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The Punjab CM asked the AAP leader to verify his facts before shooting through his mouth. Trashing Kejriwals claims that none of the illegitimate liquor cases from the last few months have been solved by the local police. Citing that an illicit liquor factory was busted in Khanna on April 22, eight accused were arrested and a manhunt was launched for seven others.

In another case, two kingpins behind an illicit liquor distillery operating in Patiala district were arrested on May 22 and June 13 this year, and on July 10, a challan was filed in the court.

Expressing full faith in the Punjab police, the CM said Kejriwal’s demand for a CBI investigate was nothing but a political publicity stunt, meant at repossession lost grip for his party, which had completely lost ground in Punjab despite being the principal opposition party.

The CM said regardless of the cases of targeted killings in Punjab being handed over the CBI, it was ultimately the Punjab Police that had solved the same.
Even in the blasphemy cases, the CBI failed to deliver and it is the Punjab Police which is unraveling the case, he claimed.

Rather than delaying the investigation and allow the trail to go cold even in the present spurious liquor case by handing over the probe to CBI, he was more interested in ensuring swift action against all those whose greed had cost the state around 100 lives, the CM said in the statement.

The CM asked Kejriwal to verify out his facts before making uncorroborated and wild allegations against his government, whose track record in curbing crime of all kinds was exemplary.
Why don’t you ask your Punjab unit for data and figures first and then comment on our working, rather than worrying about Punjab’s affairs, why you don’t take care of the health and lives of Delhiites, he told the Delhi CM.
Singh also advised his Delhi counterpart to concentrate on his state’s horrendous COVID situation, the CM said.

Saying that strict action is being taken against all those found guilty in cases of illicit brewing and smuggling, Singh said in the hooch tragedy too, 30 people have already been arrested in three districts.
Moreover, 13 officials from the police and excise and taxation departments had been suspended for carelessness while investigations are on to ascertain their complicity in the case, he said.

A magisterial inquiry had ordered with the mandate to submit its report within a month, he further asked what was the need for the CBI to take over the case when the local police was handling it so effectively.

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