The alleged brutality of police against residents, who protested against an antiencroachment drive of municipal corporation (MC) near Baba Balak Nath Mandir adjoining Rishi Nagar on Wednesday, has political parties claiming gross violation of human rights.
A video of the incident has also gone viral on social networking website Facebook, wherein three policemen can be seen beating a youth with lathis after forcibly manhandling him and lowering his trousers, while he pleads for mercy.
Demanding action against the guilty policemen and MC officials, Congress councillor Balkar Singh said the police had violated human rights while beating residents in such a cruel manner.
CONGRESSMEN MEET MAYOR
Meanwhile, to mark protest against the drive and action of police, Cong ress leaders, including MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu and councilors, exchanged heated arguments with mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria at MC’s Zone D office on Thursday.
Congress leaders accused the mayor of adopting pick and choose policy against the encroachments.
They also raised the question over contemptible behaviour of police during the drive.Seeking explanation from the mayor about the drive, Ashu accused the mayor of being biased.
In reply, Gohalwaria said, “I am not biased. I kept calling the MC commissioner, but she did not take my calls while the antiencroachment drive was underway.” In retaliation, Ashu said if the MC commissioner was not taking calls from the mayor, then a resolution should be announced against the commissioner.
Gohalwaria further retorted by questioning the Congress MLA if he was in f avour of encroachments, to which the MLA said, “We are not supporting encroachments. But my heart bleeds to see you adopting pick and choose policy (in removing encroachments).”
The Congress leaders also claimed that a few structures that were removed on Wednesday, were not illegal as they fell under the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT).
In no mood to sit back Ashu again questioned the mayor, “Will the zonal commissioner PS Ghuman be suspended, as MC had removed structures which were not encroachments?"
On this issue, Gohalwaria answered that if any of ficial was found guilty, action would be taken.
Eventually, Congressmen gave a memorandum to Gohalwaria demanding a House meeting at the earliest or they would be forced to start a protest against him. Gohalwaria countered by questioning, “Are you requesting or threatening me?”
During the meeting , the Congress men also accused select RTI activists of being mere blackmailers.
RESIDENTS TO PRESENT DOCUMENTS IN HOUSE
Congressmen claimed that people whose homes were demolished will be present with documents in the House meeting of MC, as they were not given time to present their case.