Youth wing of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) organised a dharna at Rupnagar to protest against the alleged links between Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa and drug mafia and militants.
They also burnt the effigies of Bajwa and drug lord Jagdish Singh Bhola at local Bela Chowk.
Several leaders and workers of SAD and Youth Akali Dal participated in the dharna.
While addressing the protestors various speakers expressed concern over the Congress' silence over the serious allegations levelled by former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh regarding Bajwa's support to the dreaded militants during the dark period of militancy.
They alleged that the Bajwa family were involved in the business of smuggling, arms, ammunitions and drugs since independence.
"Functioning of the Congress has come under cloud with the revelation that in 2002, Bajwa got a criminal case against international drug smuggler Jagdish Bhola scrapped,"said one of the protesters.
They added that Bajwa's campaign against revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia had been launched to demoralise Punjab Police that launched a nationwide campaign against international drug mafia.
"Bajwa feared that if Punjab Police continued this campaign with same vigor, it would reveal his links with the drug trade. Bajwa to derail Punjab Police's inquiry by seeking Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe.
Rupnagar MLA Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, former minister Satwant Kaur Sandhu, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) members Paramjit Singh Lakhewal and Amarjit Singh Chawla, district Youth Akali Dal (rural) president Harpreet Singh Basant,Youth Akali Dal leader RP Singh Shelly also addressed the dharna.