Radical Sikh organisation Dal Khalsa on Saturday accused Punjab Police Chief Sumedh Singh Saini of raising the “bogey” of revival of terrorism to “cover up” failures of his department in maintaining the rule of law in the State.

In a statement, Dal Khalsa chief H.S. Dhami said the arrest of Daljit Singh Bittu and Kulbir Singh Barapind was a clear indication that those at the helm of affairs at political as well as police levels did not want to see former militants joining the mainstream and further their cause through legitimate political means. While he condemned the State Police for humiliating and inflicting torture on Bittu and Barapind during investigation, Mr Dhami asked the DGP to be sensitive, fair and to stop the witch hunt.

Countering another claim that marches organised by radical groups in March-April were aimed at disturbing peace in the State, Mr Dhami said cutting across party lines at the call of Jathedar of Akal Takhat, youths came out on the streets to save Balwant Singh Rajoana from gallows. Rajoana was on the death row after being convicted in the Beant Singh assassination case.

Mr Dhami said the DGP had recalled that during militancy period 1,784 cops had lost their lives, which was very unfortunate because many were targeted just because they were wearing a uniform.