In an unexpected display of ‘affection and solidarity’, senior Congress leader Sunil Jakhar along with deputy CLP leader Bharat Bhushan Ashu landed at the Koomkalan police station Tuesday to meet arrested MLA Simarjit Singh Bains who was shifted to Ludhiana central jail after he was sent to 14 days of judicial custody.
However, to their dismay, they were not allowed to meet the leader. Upset that they were not allowed to meet Bains, Jakhar said, “We took permission in prior from Ludhiana police commissioner. But after reaching the police station they did not allow us to meet Bains. Later, he was bundled up and shifted from there. This is completely jungle raj. He is an MLA, not a terrorist.”
Claiming that the visit was ‘not political’, Jhakar said that the Congress stands by Bains when it comes to fight against the high-headed approach of police under the SAD-BJP rule. He however categorically denied of the party having any plans to hold talks with Bains brothers for upcoming assembly polls.
While speaking to The Indian Express, Jhakar said, “Yes, it is true that Bains brothers have a different ideology to which Congress has never agreed. Nor we do so now. But when it comes to police brutality, attack on Bains is an attack on entire opposition. What happened with him on Monday has happened with the Congress several times. Badals are trying to suppress every voice of dissent and for that police brutality is being used. They cannot thrash an elected representative of the people, be it Bains or anyone.” Asked if Congress will be ‘holding talks with Bains brothers for the 2017 Punjab polls’, he said, “No, there is no question of any tie-up with them. Today’s visit was just to express our solidarity and support for him against oppression of Badals. Our political differences still exist. However, the injustice with Opposition is intolerable.” On Monday, high drama was witnessed outside the office of Fastway Cables in Ferozepur road as Bains along with his supporters protested against the company. Owned by Gurdeep Jujhar, close aid of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Bains alleged that ‘news channel Zee Punjabi was deliberately taken off air so that viewers can’t watch his interview’.