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HindustanTimes Sat,19 Apr 2014

Cong workers' bid to hold protest near NRI 'Sammelan' foiled

PTI, PTI  Phagwara, January 11, 2014
First Published: 17:42 IST(11/1/2014) | Last Updated: 17:44 IST(11/1/2014)

A bid to hold demonstration by Congress workers near the venue of the concluding day function of the 'NRI Sammelan' being held on Saturday foiled by the police.

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The Congress workers were protesting against the Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia, whose name has been cropped up in a multi-crore international drug racket.

Three separate factions of Congress activists wanted to stage a protest against the Akali government near Bath Castle, about 12 km from here.

The activists were sporting black flags and raising slogans against chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and Majithia.

However, they were intercepted by the police, which prevented them from reaching the venue.

Jagdish Singh Bhola, a dismissed police officer and former wrestler, was arrested by the police last year after which a multi-crore synthetic drug racket was unearthed.

Bhola recently accused the revenue minister of being "directly involved" in the drug trade in the state, a charge vehemently denied by the minister.

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