Bid to show black flags to Sukhbir: 10 held in Faridkot
Ten protesters were rounded up on Tuesday from Sarawan village in this district to foil a plan to show black flags to deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on his visit to the family of a police-firing victim. The 10 were on Wednesday remanded in judicialpunjab Updated: Nov 20, 2015 21:35 IST
Ten protesters were rounded up on Tuesday from Sarawan village in this district to foil a plan to show black flags to deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on his visit to the family of a police-firing victim. The 10 were on Wednesday remanded in judicial custody for eight days.
The case is registered at Bajakhana village under Sections 107 (apprehension of breach of peace) and 151 (arrest to prevent cognizable offences) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). The protesters — Sardarian Trust district president Gursewak Singh Bhana; Bargari villager Gurmukah Singh; Wander villager Lakhvir Singh; Satnam Singh of Faridkot; and Harvinder Singh, Gurbinder Singh, Mithu Singh, Lovepreet Singh, Lakhwinder Singh, and Gurmeet Singh of Sarawan — were rounded up just before Sukhbir arrived to meet the family of Gurjeet Singh (25), a Sikh killed in police firing at Behbal Kalan in this district on October 14 during an agitation against sacrilege of the faith’s holy book.
On Tuesday, many protesters holding black flags were gathered outside the victim’s house since morning, which had forced the deputy CM to delay his visit for about 5 hours. Then the victim’s grandfather told them to clear the gate and most of them left the place assuming that the family had reached an understanding with the government. However, some of them stayed back and police picked them up. On Wednesday, cops produced them before the tehsildar of Jaitu, since the subdivisional magistrate (SDM) was not present.
Police had also rounded up some women from the place but released them, later; though Bajakhana station house officer (SHO) Gurwinder Singh Bhullar denied that any woman had been arrested.