Mild police force was used against agitating unemployed linemen when they had an altercation with the police while taking out a protest march in front of the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL) head office on Wednesday.
At least five members of the unemployed linemen union, including its president Pirmal Singh, received minor injuries.
While the union termed it a "lathicharge on peaceful march", the police completely denied the allegation. "We were holding a peaceful march when the police, without any reason, started lathicharge. Our parents and children were hurt badly in this attack by police," alleged state president of the union, Pirmal Singh.
"They even used force against our fellow members who are sitting on fast-unto-death for the past 10 days," he claimed.
On the other hand, DSP (city) Kesar Singh denied the charges and alleged that the linemen and their families, during their protest, tried to break through the barricades in order to enter into the PSPCL head office complex.
"They were just stopped from entering the PSPCL premises and for that there is no need to lathicharge them," said the DSP.
Meanwhile, the union also alleged that the police misbehaved with women family members of unemployed linemen while using force.
Meanwhile, an unemployed lineman, Rajinder Singh Pathankot, was on Wednesday morning admitted to Government Rajindra hospital after his health deteriorated as the fast-unto-death entered the tenth day.