The chief minister was reacting to the letter despatched by the Ministry of Home Affairs to the Punjab authorities on the plight of 58 “bonded labourers” rescued within the northern state.
He castigated the Centre over its “unwarranted charges” of farmers utilizing folks as bonded labourers in Punjab and in addition termed the letter a “bundle of lies”.
“An analysis of the whole episode reveals that highly sensitive information pertaining to national security regarding the arrest of some suspicious persons, apprehended by the Border Security Force (BSF) from close to the volatile Indo-Pak border, has been unscrupulously twisted on baseless conjectures to malign and tarnish the farmer community,” Singh stated in an announcement.
“This reality has been further substantiated by the fact that a selective leakage of the contents of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) letter to some leading newspapers and media houses has been done without waiting for an appropriate response from the state government,” he stated.
Asserting that his authorities and the state police are competent to safeguard the human rights of the poor and the downtrodden, the CM stated appropriate motion has already been initiated in every case and most people are residing with their households.
“If anything comes to notice at any stage, suitable legal action will be initiated against the culprits,” he stated.
In the March 17 letter to the Chief Secretary of Punjab, the house ministry had stated the BSF discovered that these 58 folks, who have been dropped at Punjab with the promise of excellent wage however exploited, got medication and compelled to work in inhuman situations as soon as they reached the state.
The residence ministry stated the BSF had knowledgeable that these labourers have been apprehended from the border areas of Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Ferozepur and Abohar in Punjab in 2019 and 2020.
Rejecting the letter as “factually incorrect”, the Punjab chief minister alleged that neither the information nor the studies submitted by BSF have been in tune with the content material of the letter.
“… it is not the job of the BSF to investigate such matters, and they are only responsible for detaining any person found to be roaming along the border in suspicious circumstances, and handing them over to the local police,” he stated within the assertion.
The Congress chief additionally asserted that each one the 58 circumstances alleged by the Centre have been investigated completely and nothing of this type had been discovered.
He stated, of the 58 detainees, 4 belong to completely different areas of Punjab and have been discovered roaming close to the Indo-Pak border by the BSF, whereas three have been discovered to be intellectually disabled.
One Paramjit Singh, a resident of Patiala, has been mentally disabled from the final greater than 20 years. He had left his residence about two months earlier than his detention, the CM stated.
“Roorh Singh, a resident of Gurdaspur, needed to be admitted to the Institute of Mental Health, Amritsar on the day of his apprehension. Another individual particularly Sukhwinder Singh, a resident of SBS Nagar, was additionally going through psychological well being points.
“Subsequently, all these three people were handed over to their family members on the same day after verification by the local police,” he stated.
Further, 16 of the 58 detainees have been discovered to be intellectually disabled, of whom 4 have been affected by the dysfunction since childhood, he stated.
“One Babu Singh, a resident of Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh, was undergoing treatment in Agra. He was handed over to his family on the production of his medical record,” the chief minister famous.
The identification of three different individuals apprehended couldn’t be established as a result of their psychological well being situations, Singh stated.
“It has also come to light that 14 persons had come to Punjab only a few days/weeks prior to their apprehension, hence the conclusion that they were working as bonded labourers since long is totally refuted,” he stated, including that none of those individuals have made any allegation of being forcibly stored as farm labourers below inhuman situations even earlier than the courts.
The CM additionally refuted the fees that they got medication and made to work for lengthy hours.
“Nothing on file means that they have been forcibly infused medication to maintain them working for lengthy hours, and furthermore, it’s incorrect to conclude that the mental incapacity of those individuals is drug induced.
“Most of them were medically examined with the help of the BSF and police, and nothing on record suggested that they were hooked to any habit-forming drugs,” he added.
The residence ministry had on Saturday termed as “distorted” and “misleading” media studies linking its letter to the farmers’ agitation and stated no motive must be ascribed to a routine communication over legislation and order points.