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Cong workers stage dharna at Rupnagar over Majithia's 'link' in drug trade

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Rupnagar, January 16, 2014
First Published: 20:35 IST(16/1/2014) | Last Updated: 20:39 IST(16/1/2014)

Congress workers staged a dharna and blocked traffic for two hours at various places in Rupnagar district on Thursday to protest against the alleged involvement of Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia in drug trade.

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The protesters led by District Congress Committee, Rupnagar president Harbhag Singh Saini, sat on dharna on National Highway number 205 near new grain market to block traffic while the other faction led by former Punjab minister Romesh Dutt Sharma blocked traffic near Rupnagar headworks on Rupnagar-Nawanshahr road.

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The Congress workers led by Chamkaur Sahib MLA and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee vice-president Charanjit Singh Channi sat on dharna at Sirhind Chowk, Morinda, to block traffic on Chandigarh-Ludhiana road.

Similarly, Congress partymen led by former MLA Rana KP Singh blocked traffic at Agampur Chowk in Anandpur Sahib.

The protesters raised slogans against the Punjab government and Bikram Singh Majithia.

While addressing the dharnas, various congress leaders alleged that the Akali leaders had links with the drug smugglers and Majithia was the kingpin of the drug trade in Punjab.

They demanded Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the alleged role of Majithia in drug trade.

Senior Congress leaders, including Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (OBC department) chairman Gurinder Pal Singh Billa, former District Congress Committee president Amarjit Singh Saini and Sukhwinder Singh Whisky, former MLAs Shamsher Singh Rai and Bhag Singh, Haryana Congress Committee general secretary Om Parkash, former Morinda Municipal Council president Haripal, former All India Congress Committee member Ramesh Goyal, Congress leaders Rajeshwar Lal advocate Aminderpreet Singh Bawa and Vijay Sharma Tinku participated in the dharna.

The traffic blockade led to long queues of vehicles on the roads. Commuters had to face a lot of inconvenience due to traffic snarls.

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