On a call given by the state-level joint action committee, more than 10 organisations, including Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan), BKU (Ekta-Dakaundha), Istri Jagriti Manch, Punjab Students’ Union, Naujawan Bharat Sabha, Pendu Khet Mazdoor and the Left parties, held state-wide protests outside district administrative complexes on Tuesday, demanding cancellation of permits of Orbit buses and registration of a case against deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in connection with the Moga bus incident. The Roadways Employee Union members also held gate rallies demanding cancellation of permits of private bus operators.
POLICE CONFRONT PROTESTERS
BATHINDA: The police and protesters entered into a confrontation as the agitators tried to enter the district administrative complex here on Tuesday. Hundreds of protesters gathered on the BathindaMansa road in front of the administrative complex and tried to cross the gate to enter the complex premises. However, heavy police force deployed in the area stopped them. The protesters tried to enter the complex from another side but were again stopped by the police.
AGITATORS ENTER DC OFFICE COMPLEX
MOGA: Hundreds of activists of farmer, labourer, student, youth and trade unions gheraoed the deputy commissioner’s office in Moga by jumping over the main gate. The agitators warned that if the government failed to release members of the Punjab Students’ Union who were booked in “false” cases under Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), they would intensify their agitation. Addressing a gathering, state president of the Kirti Kisan Union Nirbhay Singh Dhudike and state general secretary of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan said the Badal family was only concerned about its business while the common man was being harassed by their goons.
‘SUKHBIR, HARSIMRAT SHOULD QUIT’
JALANDHAR: The protesters said Sukhbir and his wife Harsimrat should resign from their posts on moral grounds. The roadways employees claimed that most of the air-conditioned (AC) buses belonged to the politicians. The state transport department charges only 50 paise per kilometre as road tax from AC buses and ` 7 from ordinary buses, they said.
‘PROBE BADAL’S ASSETS’
AMRITSAR: The farmers’ unions demanded an inquiry by a sitting Supreme Court judge into the wealth and property amassed by the Badal family, particularly after 1997. They also demanded that the wealth and property of the Badals should be declared as state assets and sealed. Led by the Border Area Kisan Sangarsh Committee, Jamuhri Kisan Sabha, Kirti Kisan Union and Kisan Sangharsh Committee, the protesters also submitted a memorandum to the DC.
‘PAYING CASH NO JUSTICE’
PATIALA: Hundreds of students, farmers and women members of the joint action committee took part in a day-long protest in Patiala. Union leaders said the state government couldn’t run from its responsibility by just paying cash to the family members of the Moga bus incident victim. Sukhbir should take the responsibility and tender his resignation on moral grounds.