Shocking” NRI Murders Should Not Deter Other NRIs From Visiting Punjab.Speaking in response to the recent murders of two NRIs in unrelated incidents in Punjab, Qila Raipur MLA Jassi Khangura said “these murders are totally shocking to me and to everyone in Punjab. I express my deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims in their time of grief.”
Khangura said “I sincerely hope what has become a tragedy for the families of the victims does not deter other NRIs from visiting Punjab. More than ever we need NRIs here. Not only are NRIs a key part of the democratic process in Punjab, but, speaking from the perspective of what will hopefully be a new Congress Government, we want NRIs to be welcome here for business and investment too. We cannot foster such growth environments when NRIs come to Punjab and get murdered.”
As a key voice in the Punjab Government for NRIs, and for their rights here, Khangura said “These murders are deplorable. Any murder is totally unacceptable but these are extraordinary as they will not only ruin the lives of the victims’ families, but they will further tarnish the already struggling reputation of Punjab.”
Khangura said “At a time when Punjab is supposed to be encouraging NRIs to spend time here, invest here, and be involved back in India in their home villages, such horrific and shocking incidents show the state of lawlessness we are living with. I feel enormous sympathy for the families of those involved.”
Referring to the Punjab Police and the Judiciary, the Qila Raipur MLA said “all cases of murder must be met by the most robust investigation by police, and rapid progress through a fair and transparent judicial system. The new Congress Government will ensure that any cases such as this are aggressively pursued. Hopefully these cases will be resolved by that time, but if they are not, we will commit to pursing these also.”
Referring to people who commit crimes, he said “No wonder people feel they can go and commit heinous crimes without fear of punishment. I blame much of this on the Badal Government. This must change and it must change quickly if Punjab is to pull back from the brink it is currently teetering on.”
Khangura added that NRIs are influential in Punjab and can be decisive in at least 25 assembly seats. He called on NRIs to arrive in large numbers to oust this destructive Badal led Government.