To protest the alleged registration of false cases at the behest of the state government, a large number of Congress workers barged into the SSP office complex here on Monday.
Raising slogans against the government and police, the Congress workers led by former irrigation minister Gurchet Singh Bhullar marched through the main bazaar of the town. They later sat on a dharna outside the SSP office complex.
They alleged that FIRs had been registered against their leaders -- Tirlok Singh Chakkwalia and his son and Pawan Kundra -- on the directions of an Akali minister.
Addressing the party workers, district Congress chief Dharamvir Agnihotri, alleged, "The police are a puppet in the hands of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). On the directions of Akali leaders of the district, Congress workers are being fabricated in false criminal cases."
The protesters demanded that their grievances should be heard by SSP Rajjit Singh. However, when SP (detective) Harvinder Singh came forward to lend them an ear, they pushed through the main gate of the complex and marched towards the SSP's office and sat on a dharna.
Sensing that the situation could turn violent, the SSP came out and met the Congress leaders, including Harminder Singh Gill and former minister Sardool Singh Bandala.
The leaders submitted a memorandum to the SSP which listed all criminal cases registered against Congress workers in the past 4-5 months.