The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has demanded the withdrawal of the case registered against protesters at Channu village of Muktsar district after the death of a girl, who was crushed under a bus, owned by an Akali leader, on Friday, in the village and threatened to launch an agitation if the case was not withdrawn.
Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, members of Parliament (MPs) of the party Bhagwant Mann and Sadhu Singh, along with state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur and Punjab women wing president Baljinder Kaur, said that it was surprising that instead of booking the policemen, who resorted to open fire and mercilessly beat up the people, the police have booked the protesters, who included AAP volunteers also, for attempt to murder.
The leaders termed inhumane the grabbing and dragging of the body of the victim by the police on Friday night after opening fire on the crowd.
Announcing to raise this issue in Parliament, Mann said they would also raise the issue of MP Sadhu Singh not being allowed by the police to reach the site in his vehicle. Sadhu Singh said that he was not allowed by the police to travel in his car to the protest site and he had to travel in a ‘peter rehra’.
Mann said that the SAD was resorting to road terrorism in Punjab as buses, owned by the ruling party people, were resorting to crush people regularly and announced to chalk out a strategy to stage protests against this.
Chhotepur alleged that to justify the case against protesters, the police themselves set a bus afire as was done at Behbal Kalan in Faridkot district after two people were killed in police firing.
He said as the SAD-BJP government had lost the confidence of the people, the government was resorting to curb the voice of dissent by registering fake cases.
He alleged that the fact that the Congress and the SAD were hand-in-glove with each other was reflected from the fact that the AAP MP was stopped from heading towards the protest site while Congress leaders were allowed to go there without any hurdle.