High drama was witnessed in the city as supporters of the Bains brothers - MLA Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains - started gathering along the Ferozepur Road to form a human chain despite imposition of the Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) (prohibition of assembly of five or more than five people in an area) by the police in the area, on Saturday.
The supporters of the Bains brothers had gathered to raise their voice against the sand mafia. They also claimed that the police had not informed them about the imposition of Section 144 of the CrPC.
The supporters managed to form a small human chain near Hotel Gulmor, but were dispersed in minutes of forming it by the police. Following which, the police took the Bains brothers and as many as 125 supporters into custody.
The police allegedly pushed some supporters, too, when they were gathering at the Bharat Nagar Chowk.
As the news of the arrests spread, more supporters started gathering outside the police stations where the Bains duo and the arrested aupporters were being locked up.
Raising slogans against the state government, the supporters were also trying to enter the Sarabha Nagar police station, but the police stopped them. Police officials also said senior citizens and women accompanying the Bains brothers were not arrested.
A supporter of Bains group said the police imposed Section 144, but they did not inform about it.
They claimed that the human chain was scheduled to be formed in a peaceful manner.
Sources said MLA Simarjit Singh Bains was taken to Chevron Hotel by the police, while 125 supporters were taken to Hotel Gulmor.
Following which, they were shifted to different police stations. MLA Balwinder Singh Bains was taken into custody from the Bharat Nagar Chowk area.
“The police in its report have claimed that the ‘satyagrah’ event that is scheduled to be organised by the Bains brothers on April 20 is a threat to the state government. These persons were taken into custody while taking preventive measures and they have violated the orders of Section 144,” said sources.
Both the brothers, who have been earlier with Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), had been at loggerheads with the ruling party.
Before being taken into custody, MLA Balwinder Singh Bains said the government cannot stop them from doing “satyagrah” against the sand mafia and they had scheduled to start the same from April 20.
The police are likely to take action against Bains brothers and their supporters for causing traffic jam, staging sit-in, provoking anti-national and communal feelings, raising antigovernment slogans, disturbing peace and tranquility of the area and in anticipation of damage of public property.