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Congress condemns slapping of case against party workers

punjab Updated: Sep 10, 2012 16:22 IST
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Terming the registration of cases against the party workers, who were holding peaceful dharna on Saturday night as 'political vendetta", Congress on Monday threatened intensified agitation, if the 'fabricated' cases would not be withdrawn immediately.

"Holding a peaceful protest is not a crime and rather fundamental right of every citizen, but city police arbitrarily slapped cases against party workers, who just wanted to lodge complaint of contaminated drinking water with the visiting local bodies minister to the area of Basti Bawa Khel", President of Punjab Youth Congress, Vikramjit Singh Choudhary told Hindustan Times.

"We have approached Police Commissioner, Gaurav Yadav today to demand immediate withdrawal of cases against party workers and if the same would not be done, youth wing of party will be left with no other option other than to launch an intensified agitation against state government", threatened Vikramjit.

Commissioner assured the youth congress leaders that he would personally look into the cases, he added.

Choudhary was accompanied with other senior leaders of the party including local MP Mohinder Singh Kay Pee and former minister Avtar Henry, when he met the Police Commissioner.

It is pertinent to mention that on Saturday, situation turned tense in the Basti Bawa Khel area when the congress workers had heated argument with BJP workers in the presence of Minister Bhagat Chunni Lal and congress workers tried to stop vehicle of minister by lying in front of it.

Police had to intervene and arrested some of the workers by slapping charges of obstructing a public servant from performing his duty and violating the official orders.

As the district police has imposed ban on holding dharna in the city without getting prior sanction for the same, the congress workers had violated the ban, police sources said adding that case under sections 283, 341, 186, 188 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered against them in the concerned police station.