Hundreds of Congress workers staged a protest at the Shaheed Bhagat Singh chowk here, 25 km from the district headquarters on Wednesday and demanded the arrest of four Akali leaders, who were allegedly involved in attacking a Congress leader Roop Singh of Sangatpura village under the Baghapurana subdivision.
Angry Congress workers raised anti-government slogans and blocked the Moga-Kotkapura state highway for three hours.
It may be mentioned here that the local police had registered a case against four senior Akali leaders including a former Akali sarpanch Sukhdev Singh and Inderjit Singh, Swaran Singh both nephews of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) member Gurmail Singh Sangatpura and panchayat member Jagsir Singh under sections 307, 457, 148, 149 of IPC and sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act at Baghapurana police station on May 6.
On the other hand, on the day of polling, the local police had also registered a case against Congress leaders Dilbagh Singh Bhau, Roop Singh, Zora Singh, Ginda Singh and Tersem Singh, all of Sangatpura, after workers of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Congress had pelted stones at each other and had used wooden sticks during a scuffle following a dispute on a vote at Sangatpura.
Former Congress minister Darshan Singh Brar, who is district Congress president also and who led the protest, warned that if the district administration fails to arrest the Akali leaders till May 17, then the Congress would start an indefinite strike outside the Baghapurana police station.
On the other hand, SGPC member Sangatpura said, “Actually, our workers have been booked falsely in an attempt to murder case; however, we are ready for any probe. If we are found guilty, then the police can take action against our leaders and workers.”
Executive magistrate Gurmail Singh and deputy superintendent of police Balwinder Singh reached the spot and assured the protesters that justice will be definitely done.
After this assurance, the Congress workers lifted the dharna on the state highway.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) S Bhupthi said, "We had registered a case at the same time.
However, a special investigation team under the supervision of SP (D) Harjit Singh Pannu is investigating the entire matter. After getting the report, we will take action against theguilty."