To mark their dissent over the levying of one percent excise duty on gold jewellery, the cavalcade of infuriated jewellers (in thousands) were cane-charged by heavy police force deployed at the scene to disrupt them from blocking the Ladhowal Toll Plaza. The jewellers were joined by district Congress president Gurpreet Gogi and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member of parliament from Sangrur Bhagwant Mann on day 23 of the strike
As it happened, jewellers were on their way towards the Ladhowal Toll Plaza to block the traffic movement on national highway-1, but a heavy police force of more than 400 cops, led by deputy commissioner of police Narender Bhargav, was pressed into action.
They countered the procession of more than one thousand members at the Ladhowal Chowk itself and thrashed the jewellers and members of political parties profusely who were leveraging support to the former.
Bhagwant Mann was addressing the gathering atop a truck alongwith local MLAs Bharat Bhushan Ashu and district Congress president Gurpreet Gogi, who were detained by the police till the filing of this report.
Several arrests were made at the venue while those injured were admitted at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana.