More than 100 people, including several women, have been booked for allegedly blocking traffic on the Moga-Ferozepur national highway here without any ‘authentic’ reason on Saturday. Police officials said that Nanak Sahni, who was leading the agitators has also been booked. Sahni had unsuccessfully contested the election of the Moga municipal corporation (MMC) from ward number 46. However, no arrest has been made so far in this connection.
According to the police, one month ago, several people of the Zira road area had dug up the Moga-Zira highway without any permission and had laid down water supply pipelines illegally.
When the matter came to the notice of the public works department (roads and bridges), a special team of the department, led by junior engineer Sukhdev Singh, was sent to the area for inspection and dig out the pipelines, that were laid illegally allegedly at the behest of a local leader of the area, who was also contesting the municipal corporation election, to influence voters, but the local residents opposed the team and started a protest on the highway. The situation turned ugly during the protest when an ambulance, carrying a patient to Ludhiana’s Dayanand Medical College and Hospital from Ferozepur, was stopped by some protesters and the police had to resort to a canecharge to disperse the protesters,” said Gurminder Singh, assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of city-1 Moga police station.
“A case has been registered against Surjit Singh, Partap Singh, Baldev Singh, Manga Singh, Kali Kaur, Masat Ram, Budhu, Jeet Singh and 100 others of Zira road area. Further investigation is underway in the case, said the ASI.