Congress activists led by local legislator Charanjeet Kaur Bajwa on Thursday protested against the police here over the alleged illegal custody of the wife of the party's district vice-president.
In the afternoon, a joint team of the health department and police had raided a chemist's shop here and took Daljit Kaur, wife of Congress leader Sukhwinder Pal Singh Bhatia, into custody. Led by drug inspectors Lukhwant Singh and Ramneek Singh, and deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Harisharan Sharma, the team took her to a police station, where hundreads of Congress workers led by the Qadain legislator gathered, later, to hold a demonstration.
Raising slogans against police, Bajwa said they were terrorising the Congress workers at the behest of the ruling-alliance leaders. The subdivisional magistrate (SDM) of Batala, JS Grewal, pacified the Congress worker and ordered the release of Daljit Kaur.
Demanding action against DSP Harisharan Sharma, the Congress workers protested at main chowk, later, and ended the agitation only when the DSP had turned up there and apologised. "The departments of health and police are raiding the chemist's shops to check the sale of drugs without prescription," said senior superintendent of police Surinderjeet Singh Mand, adding: "Based on a secret input, they had raided three medicine shops at Qadian."
He denied that police had taken Daljit Kaur into custody. "They had only asked her to vacate the shop during search but she called up her supporters and tried to give the incident a political colour," the SSP said.