In an early morning crackdown on linemen sitting on hunger strike outside the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd office, the Punjab Police on Thursday used force to provide medical treatment to one of the protesters, Rajinder Singh, who had been on fast unto death since May 27. He is also the vice-president of the unemployed linemen union.
The police admitted him to Rajindra Medical College and Hospital even as he, along with his colleagues, resisted the police move.
"His condition was deteriorating and doctors advised that he was in need of treatment. We used force to lift him to save his life," said DSP Kesar Singh.
Qualified yet unemployed linemen have been on warpath for the last two years, demanding jobs. They have been staging a mass protest outside the PSPCL headquarters since May 27. The police on Wednesday had used mild police force against the protesters when they tried to enter the PSPCL premises.
President of Unemployed Linemen Union Pirmal Singh said that the state government was forcing them to intensify their stir. He said that another union member, Gurpreet Kaur Khara, has started fast unto death. "We wont lift the strike till the PSPCL management doesn't issue appointment letters to 4,000 linemen," he said.