SAD asks Punjab CM to dismiss Jail Min

SAD asks Punjab CM to dismiss Jail Min

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Chandigarh, Feb 2: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Sunday demanded immediate dismissal of Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and a probe by a sitting judge of the High Court into the Amritsar jail break incident.

In a statement here, former minister Daljit Singh Cheema said the Amritsar jail break had come in the wake of various other incidents taking place in Punjab jails, which had shaken the confidence of people in the government. He said besides ordering an independent probe into the incident, the government should also tell what action it had taken in other such cases and why the jail administration had collapsed. Asking Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to fix accountability at the very top, Dr Cheema said the Jails Minister should be asked to resign immediately till the pendency of the probe. ''Prison security is the primary responsibility of the Jails Minister.

He cannot shirk away from this responsibility, especially when his role is already under a cloud,'' he added. Rejecting the Magisterial inquiry ordered by the Chief Minister into the incident, Dr Cheema said a Magistrate could not do justice in the case. ''The Magistrate will not be able to probe the role of the Jails Minister in weakening the prison security.

Since this incident has exposed prison security and comes in the wake of an earlier incident of mass uprising in the Ludhiana Central Jail, besides several incidents of use of mobile phones in Jails, it is necessary to hold an independent inquiry into the functioning of Punjab jail administration,'' he added. (UNI)