Pandemonium broke outside the house of member of Rajya Sabha Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa on Wednesday, as the police weilded stick on protesting unemployed linemen and their wives and children.
The attack came when the group tried to barge into the MP’s residence. The linemen want the letters of appointment on Punjab state power corporation limited (PSPCL) that the government had promised to nearly 5,000 people and not delivered. “In spite of advertising the recruitment of 5,000 linemen on January 14, 2011, the state government had failed to carry out the process," said Gurbakshish Singh, district president of the unemployed linemen union.
The state government and the Powercom management have given unemployed linemen dozens of assurances of recuitment but failed to meet the demand. On Wednesday, nearly 200 linemen and their families gathered outside Dhindsa’a house to press him to take the matter to the state government. "The district administration sent no one over to arrange the meeting with Dhindsa," said the linemen union leader.
"When protestors tried to jump barricades in front of Dhindsa’s house, the police slapped many women," said Gurbaksh Singh. "Luckily, no one was injured seriously in the baton charge that followed." After the police action, the agitators blocked traffic on the Nabha road and got up from the highway only after an assurance of meeting with Dhindsa.
Deputy superintendent of police Gurpreet Singh Dhindsa led a big uniformed contingent to the spot to prevent trouble.