Intensifying its campaign against the misuse of government machinery solely aimed at invading the privacy of people by tapping phones, a large number of Congress leaders and workers on Tuesday took out a procession on the Mall Road, demanding stringent action against former chief minister PK Dhumal and officials behind the phone tapping during the BJP regime.
Meanwhile, a piquant situation arose after health minister Kaul Singh Thakur who was scheduled to participate in the protest march did not turn up, leading to embarrassment to the party's frontline leaders and workers.
Some of Congress said the DCC had miserably failed to unite the party's rank and file. They said that the certain office-bearers of the DCC were promoting factionalism and sidelining the loyalists of chief minister Virbhadra Singh.
The slogan-shouting leaders including party spokesman Ajay Singh Chauhan, block Congress president Ramesh Thakur, Jogindera bank chairman Mohan Mehta, Baghat bank chairman Arun Sharma, former MLAs Lajja Ram and Lakhwinder Rana, Sardar Singh Thakur, Ramesh Chauhan assembled on the premises of the rest house and took out a procession up to deputy commissioner's office to register their protest against the 'act of moral turpitude' of PK Dhumal government.
The protesters were demanding strict lawful action as the constitution lists freedom of speech and expression as fundamental rights of every citizen.
The leaders said that since the previous BJP government had violated the provisions of Indian Telegraph Act and Information and Technology Act, an exemplary action should be initiated against the officials of police department and politicians to maintain the privacy of individuals in future.
Later, the leaders submitted a memorandum to chief minister through deputy commissioner, urging him to take the phone-tapping probe to its logical end.