"None of the accused of this heinous crime is directly or indirectly associated with the Shiromani Akali Dal," Badal said at Middu Khera here.
    
Rubbishing the allegations levelled by Congress leaders regarding this case, Badal claimed Congress was doing 'petty politics' over this sensitive issue.
    
Congress has sought a CBI inquiry, monitored by a Punjab and High Court judge, into the murder of the a 27-year old Dalit man Bhim Sain, whose limbs were chopped off on December 11 at Abohar by suspected henchmen of liquor baron and Akali Dal leader Shiv Lal Doda.
    
Two days ago, a Congress delegation had met the family members of Bhim Sain and Gurjant Singh Janta in Fazilka who were attacked during the incident. Meanwhile, Badal hit out at opposition Congress and said Punjab was not any exception to execute development programmes by taking productive loans from financial institutions.
    
"Rather it is a common phenomena that not only states but even big nations seek loans for carrying out their welfare programmes," Badal said.
    
Clearing the mist over the opposition charges that Punjab was burdened with 'heavy debt', the chief minister clarified that it was still among the "least indebted" states in the country.

 

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