Former Congress MLA Harminder Singh Jassi, along with 21 members of the party, went on a maun vrat (silent fast) for three days on Wednesday.
The workers will sit on a fast from 9 am to 5 pm every day against the 'false' cases registered against district Congress president (urban) Mohan Lal Jhumba.
Jassi alleged that the Punjab government was trying to silence the Congress forcefully.
Jhumba has been booked in two different cases, one for alleged attack on an Akali worker and another for an alleged threat to the former Congress district president. Both cases were registered against Jhumba after he accused the canal colony SHO of misbehaving with him and demanded his transfer. Both cases were registered two days after the SHO was transferred by Bathinda MLA Sarup Chand Singla.
Jassi asked chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and DGP Sumedh Saini to dismiss all cases against Jhumba and free the arrested party workers, otherwise the struggle would intensify.