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Akali youth rally brings Patiala to a halt

punjab Updated: Oct 06, 2016 15:48 IST
Avtar Singh

Commuters faced hardships in Patiala due to the Tiranga March organised by Youth Akali Dal on Wednesday. (Bharat Bhushan/HT)

Cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia’s road show created traffic jams across the city. Residents and commuters had to face inconvenience despite police authorities being present on the roads to arrange traffic.

Majithia’s supporters gathered on bikes and cars at various chowks in the city and raised slogans in favour of Shiromani Akali Dal, its chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, but the buses and private cars along with two wheelers had to face harassment.

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The road show entered from Sirhind road and ended at Polo Ground through Khanda Chowk, Rajbaha Road, Children Memorial Chowk, Fountain Chowk, Mall Road, Sheranawala Chowk, Anardana Chowk, YPS Chowk.

“These politicians never care common people and organise such road shows. Rallies are being organized due to upcoming elections in the state but in these events we always face inconvenience,” said one Gurdev Singh, who was stuck near Children Memorial Chowk.

However, city superintendent of police Daljit Singh Rana, who was personally managing traffic along with other police personnel, said,“The traffic jams are not permanent feature in the city. Police teams had made proper managements of the traffic in various parts of the city,” said Hardeep Singh, district traffic incharge.


Delayed start

The march that was to begin at 10 am finally began at about 11:45 am throwing traffic out of gear in SAS Nagar. Owing to the march, the traffic was diverted to the internal roads leading to chaos on all major traffic lightpoints in SAS Nagar with cops just standing by helplessly.

Traffic violations

None of the youngsters were seen wearing helmets, triple riding and clicking selfies. Youths without helmet drove through the SAS Nagar without silencers. In cars, people were sitting on windows, posing risk to their lives. But police turned blind to these traffic violations. Riding a Royal Enfield,Bikram Singh Majithia led the Buland Tiranga March. Even Dera Bassi MLA NK Sharma rode a bike without a helmet ‘Akali Dal Zindabad’ was his response when queried on why he was without helmet.

Party flags outnumber tricolour

In the Buland Tiranga March, flags of the YAD outnumbered the tricolour.

Drone crashes

Police had deployed a drone to keep vigil. The instrument crashed on the rally in SAS Nagar, injuring a few supporters.