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Cong activists stage 'chakka jam' in Gurdaspur

Kamaljit Singh Kamal , Hindustan Times  Gurdaspur, January 16, 2014
First Published: 17:49 IST(16/1/2014) | Last Updated: 23:43 IST(16/1/2014)

Demanding a CBI probe into the alleged involvement of Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia in the drug racket being run by a dismissed Punjab police DSP, Jagdish Singh Bhola, Congress workers blocked traffic movement at Sathiali, Kahnuwan Chowk and Bariar Chowk in Gurdaspur and Dinanagar from 12pm to 2pm on Thursday.

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Following the call of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa the 'chakka jam' protest was staged across Punjab.

Qadian MLA Charanjit Kaur Bajwa, wife of PPCC chief, led a dharna at the Qadian assembly constituency in Sathiali on the Gurdaspur-Sri Hargobindpur road.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2014/1/ChakkaJaminGurdaspur_compressed.jpgAddressing the dharna, she asked Majithia to resign on the moral grounds. If Majithia was innocent, he should have offered to face a CBI probe into the allegations, she said, adding if he had no links with the drug racket, his name would be cleared by the agency.

At Bariar village, former PPCC member Raman Bahl led a dharna, where the party activists blocked the traffic on the national highway.

Addressing the dharna, Bahl said after Majithia was named by the arrested drug lord, Bhola, into the drug racket, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal should have dropped Majithia from the cabinet.

Shady leaders should be kept out of the public life in the larger interest of the country, he said, adding the menace of drug addiction among youth had assumed an alarming shape, which must be addressed at all costs.

Honouring the people's sentiment, Majithia should quit his ministerial berth and boldly face a CBI probe, he added.
PPCC secretary Gurmit Singh Pahra and PPCC executive member Ajay Verma led a dharna at Kahnuwan Chowk and kept the traffic blocked.

In the Dinanagar assembly constituency, MLA Aruna Chaudhary led a dharna that blocked the national highway near the bus stand.

Addressing the protesting activists, Chudhary also demanded resignation of Majithia, asking him to face a CBI probe.

The Congress leaders claimed that the impact of chakka jam was complete in Gurdaspur district, while Gurdaspur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Sukhwant Singh Gill termed the Congress' chakka jam a flop show in the district. Gill claimed that the traffic of vehicles was normal on alternative routes.

The SSP said the traffic was diverted at five points in the district for the convenience of commuters.

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