12 including girl, minor arrested for vandalizing bus in Faridkot
Eleven persons including one girl were on Thursday remanded to 14-day judicial custody by the court of the chief judicial magistrate Faridkot for vandalising run by New Deep Bus Service on Wednesday.punjab Updated: May 07, 2015 19:37 IST
Eleven persons including one girl were on Thursday remanded to 14-day judicial custody by the court of the chief judicial magistrate Faridkot for vandalising run by New Deep Bus Service on Wednesday.
Besides 13-year-old Harpreet Singh, a class 6 student who was also arrested by the police was sent to a juvenile home.
The accused filed an application in the court alleging that they were produced in court after 24 hours of their arrest, which is against the existing guidelines. The court has reportedly issued the state a notice regarding the same.
However, Charanjeet Singh Sharma, senior superintendent of police Faridkot claimed otherwise and said that there was no delay.
The members of Orbit Bus Kaand Virodhi Committee, which includes 23 state-level unions, held a meeting in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Park amid tight security and then marched towards the mini-secretariat to give a memorandum to the deputy commissioner and SSP seeking justice for the protesters in the incident of Wednesday.
"The activists of the Punjab students union allegedly damaged the bus after provocation by the staff of the bus. But the protesters have been wrongly booked for the attempt to murder and we want justice for the protesters in the case," said Gurdial Bhatti, an action committee member from Kotkapura.
The Akali Dal leadership came under severe criticism from the members of the committee for carrying out unruly and unrefined transport business resulting in the Moga incident.
"Most private buses owned by SAD leaders run illegally. They do not pay taxes and more than one bus run on one permit. They violate timetables and traffic rules. The staff of these buses harass students and passengers," alleged Kuldeep Sharama, a member of the action committee.
"The chief minister thinks that they have ended the struggle in the death of 13-year-old girl from Moga village by reaching a compromise with the family of the deceased. But we shall continue our struggle against the Badal family on the issue because public anger is there. The chief minister, who is the custodian of the culture and values, allegedly convinced the family to cremate the girl at night against our culture. Even the government did not take other family members of the victim into confidence," said Buta Singh, state committee member of Punjab Khet Majdoor Union.
The protesters asked the people to boycott the buses run by the SAD leaders.They also claimed that about 50 persons from the bus company are in the city and they have assembled in a place outside the town which may lead to a clash between the protesters and the bus staff.
Heavy police force was deployed throughout Faridkot on Thursday to prevent any untoward incident while buses of New Deep Bus Service plied as usual.