After meeting senior officials of the district administration, several BJP leaders, on Sunday, submitted a letter to the state BJP chief Kamal Sharma and other senior party leaders demanding the cancellation of the FIR registered against Krishan Singla, its district secretary, and vice-president of the Mhan Samparak Abhiyaan-2015, and others for allegedly causing damage to a sewage nallah in Kotkapura on July 3.
"Besides dropping of the case against me and others, we have demanded action against the police officials and a thorough investigation of the alleged irregularities of the municipal committee of Kotkapura during the past years," said Singla, who is also BJP in-charge of Kotkapura constituency.
The BJP leaders have also demanded repair of the damaged cemented drain, which is now a problem for many shopkeepers.
"Protest is the right of the people. They had only demanded clearance of the blockage of the sewage nallah as they were suffering a lot due to the sewage water standing on streets for many days. We condemn the move of the registration of false FIR against the people including our party leader. It should be cancelled immediately," said Gurcharan Kaur, former Rajya Sabha member of the BJP from Panjgrain Kalan village of the district.
"We had already written to the SSP and DC demanding cancellation of the FIR and the have marked an inquiry to the DSP of Kotkapura. The people of three wards had been suffering for years and they held a protest against it. Singla was not an organiser of the protest as he was with me till noon," said Jaipal Garg, district president of the BJP.
"After the cleaning of the nallah, now no rain water stands in these localities," he added.
Singla, in his letter to BJP top brass, alleged that it was the local administration which brought two JCB machines to clean the drain while the local administration earlier claimed that the protesters had dismantled the nallah themselves by hiring JCB machines.
The Kotkapura residents had held a day-long protest on July 3 in Kotkapura by blocking the Moga road demanding the cleaning of the nallah.
They had alleged that the nallah was choked and used to flow into the streets.
The nallah was cleaned that day and the administration officials had alleged that the protesters had damaged the walls and cemented roof of the nallah.
The Kotkapura police had on July 4 booked three persons, besides some unidentified people, for allegedly damaging the nallah, incluidng Krishan Singla. The police had also booked Avtar Singh and Harpreet Singh besides some unidentified people under sections 283(danger or obstruction in public way or line of navigation), 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of rupees fifty), 149(every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) of the IPC on the complaint of the then executive officer, municipal committee, Kotkapura.
"We are verifying the facts and action would be taken after proper verification of the facts. No injustice would be done to anybody," said Charanjit Singh Sharma, senior superintendent of police, Faridkot.