Around 18 Congress workers, who had staged a protest in front of the counting centre at Mansa on Tuesday against the alleged rigging of votes, have been booked by the Mansa police.
Eight people have been booked by name, while around 10 are unidentified, who have been charged with sections 186 (obstructing public servant to discharge duty), 332 (causing hurt to public servant on duty), 341, 342 (wrongful confinement), 353 (criminal force to public servant), 382 (theft), 511, 506 (grievous hurt), 148, and 149 of IPC at the Joga police station.
"The accused allegedly had torn the uniform of assistant sub inspector Jaskaran Singh who asked the protesters to lift the dharna from road blocked by them," claimed Joga station house officer Harwinder Singh.
Congress candidate Gurvinder Kaur from Joga zila parishad zone won the election by defeating Simarjit Kaur of SAD. The officials declared Guvinder Kaur as winner late in the evening on Tuesday only after Congressmen staged a four-hour-long dharna before the counting centre.
District Youth Congress president Gurpreet Singh Vicky said, "The police is a puppet in the hands of Badals and Congress workers have been implicated. The counting officials would have declared the SAD candidate as winner had the Congress workers not protested."