The anti-narcotic drive of the district police has suffered a setback with residents of Ghagga town holding a massive protest and blocking the Patiala highway for more than four hours on Saturday to protest against framing of a businessman's son in a case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
Putting up a big poster, “A protest against the goondagardi of so-called honest SSP HS Mann”, the protesters blocked traffic till superintendent of police (detective) PS Thind reached the spot and ensured an investigation into role of policemen who registered the case.
The district police, on May 14, had booked Sonipreet, a resident of Ghagga, for possessing 150 gm of narcotic powder. However, the protesters alleged that the CIA staff of Ghagga had framed Sonipreet to score brownie points in front of SSP HS Mann.
The town remained close for better part of the day in protest against the police action.
The protesters, including members of Congress, Akali Dal and even NGOs, said that, “SSP Mann is famous for framing innocent people. First, he targeted Olympian and boxer Vijender Singh at Fatehgarh Sahib even as the National Anti-Doping Agency had given him a clean chit. Now, the baffled SSP is here to target innocent people, but Patiala residents won't allow the misuse of power.”
“We are also opposed to drugs. But the police should not settle personal score or frame people under the anti-narcotic drive,” alleged the protesters, including family Sonipreet, who is in judicial remand after registration of the case.
In a bid to pacify the protesters, local Akali Leader Nirmal Singh Hariaau assured a proper inquiry into the matter. “If charges against Sonipreet are found incorrect, police will not only cancel the case but I will also ensure that guilty cops are punished for registering a case,” he said while persuading people to lift the protest.
Local Akali leader Harnek Singh, Hardev Singh, Major Singh Sekhon, Rakesh Goyal, BSP leader Gurmel Ghagga and others were also present in the protest.