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BJP district president booked during blockade against police

It's a development that can strain the SAD-BJP relations in Patiala. The district president (rural) of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Rameshwar Sharma, had a case registered against him on Monday for participating in a blockade against the police to seek the solving of a girl's murder in Sanaur.

punjab Updated: Apr 15, 2013 22:16 IST
HT Correspondent

It's a development that can strain the SAD-BJP relations in Patiala. The district president (rural) of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Rameshwar Sharma, had a case registered against him on Monday for participating in a blockade against the police to seek the solving of a girl's murder in Sanaur.


The Sanaur police charged the BJP district president and 11 other people with blocking the road to Devigarh and creating problems for commuters. Local leaders had staged the protest to condemn the police failure to trace the girl's killers.

Bharti Kisan Union (Dakaunda) leader Surinder Singh, farm-union leader Kala Singh, and Madanjeet Dakala, former sarpanch of Dakala village, also were named in this case along with the BJP leader.

"The registration of case is unfortunate," said Rajeshwar Sharma. "We were raising a genuine issue, to seek justice for the murdered girl. We were not doing any politics. We have been targeted for opposing a police failure."

He claimed that before the protest, the group had informed the police duly; and before filing the case, no local administration official had asked the group to lift the blockade. Deputy superintendent of police (rural) Jagjit Singh said he was unaware of the development because he was on the leave of absence.

The station house officer of Sanaur, in whose jurisdiction the case was registered, also declined to comment on the issue. A constable who answered the call made at the SHO's mobile-phone number said that the officer was on leave of absence.

The BJP has decided to take up the issue with state party president Kamal Sharma. "We cannot allow the police to book our leaders without reason," said state party secretary Gurtej Singh Dhillon. "We will report it to the state party president."