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Will ensure Bargari case culprits are punished: Kejriwal; IPS ex-officer Kunwar Vijay joins AAP

Amritsar, June 21 (MNN) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that punishment would be ensured to those involved in 2015 Bargari sacrilege case in Punjab and justice given to the people if the Aam Aadmi Party came to power in the state.

He was speaking at a media conference during a visit to the holy city where he welcomed former IPS officer Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh into the party fold.

In July 2015, theft of a ‘Bir’ of Guru Granth Sahib was reported from Burj Jwahar Singh Wala vllage in Punjab. In September 2015, defamatory posters were found pasted on the walls of gurdwaras in the village and Bargari town two km away. Torn pages of Guru Granth Sahib were found strewn in Bargari on October 12, 2015.

“I welcome former Punjab Police officer Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh to the Aam Aadmi Party for his honest image. The whole Punjab wants change now, the only hope is ‘Aap’. The support of Kunwar Sahib will further strengthen this hope of the people of Punjab,” Kejriwal tweeted.

“We are not a party of leaders. We have come into politics to serve the nation. And with this feeling, the former IPS officer has joined our party,” Kejriwal told the media.

Punjab Assembly elections are slated to be held in February-March 2022. The Aam Aadmi Party is the main opposition in the outgoing Assembly with seats.

On the eve of Kejriwal’s visit, there were reports that senior BJP leader Laxmikanta Chawla and Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh could join the party. However, the latter had then denied such reports and said that he would inform all concerned whenever he would take such a decision.

Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh was heading the team that investigated the sacrilege cases reported in Punjab, but resigned from service after adverse comments from the Punjab and Haryana High Court on the matter.

Meanwhile, AAP leader Raghav Chadha on Monday expressed apprehension that trouble could be fomented during the visit of the Delhi Chief Minister to Amritsar during the day.

Posters demanding that Kejriwal go back from the state had appeared in the holy city on the eve of his visit. These were put up by the Indian Youth Congress leaders.

Chadha said he appealed to the Punjab government and Punjab Police to not let any opposition activist or mischievous elements to disturb any AAP press conference or programme during Kejriwal’s visit.

The AAP leader appealed to his party supporters to not let any disturbance occur during Kejriwal’s presence.

He claimed that the rival political parties were fearful after coming to know of Delhi Chief Minister’s visit to the state, claiming that the collusion of Shiromani Akali Dal and the Congress government in the state had been exposed.

The AAP leader said that ahead of the 2017 elections, Amarinder Singh had promised to give jobs to the state’s people but what they did not know was that these jobs would be given to the kin of Congress MLAs and Ministers.

The Delhi Chief Minister was slated to visit Harmandar Sahib and the Durgiana Temple nearby to pay obeisance.

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