The police and protesters from various organisations, who had gathered here to stage a protest to demand the registration of a case against deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in the Moga bus molestation and murder incident, entered into a confrontation as the protesters tried to march into the district administrative complex (DAC) here on Tuesday.
Hundreds of protesters, under the banner of the Joint Action Committee, comprising several orgnisations, formed to spearhead the agitation against the Orbit bus incident gathered in front of the DAC and tried to cross the gate to enter the complex premises.
However, a heavy police force deployed at the place ensured that protesters did not cross the gate. The protesters chose another route from the other side of the DAC to enter the premises, but were again stopped by the police. Many of the protesters came closer to the DAC building by jumping over the railing of the park separating the main road and the building, but were stopped from entering the premises.
The organisations, which were part of the protest, included BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan), BKU (Ekta-Dakaundha) Dehati Mazdoor Sabha, Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, Mazdor Mukti Morcha, Naujwan Bharat Sabha, Technical Services Union, Jamhuro Adhikar Sabha and some others.
The state executive member of the Dehati Mazdoor Sabha, Mahipal, said as after a rape incident in a taxi in Delhi, a case was registered against the owners of the taxi service. So, on the same pattern, a case should also be registered against deputy chief minister as he is co-owner of the Orbit Aviation.
He said that close circuit television (CCTV) cameras should be installed in all private as well as government-owned buses to record happenings in the public transport so that one couldn't dare to indulge in any crime against passengers, particularly women, as they are most vulnerable.
The protesters also demanded resignation of union food processing industries minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal for allegedly misleading the public by expressing ignorance about the ownership of the Orbit Aviation when she was quizzed by the media about the incident.
Addressing the protesters, district president of BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan) Shingara Singh Mann demanded that the steps should be taken to check the high-headedness of the musclemen deployed in buses of politically influential people.
He demanded that the recommendations of Justice (retired) JS Verma Committee, formed after the Delhi gangrape incident in December 2012, for ensuring women's safety in buses should be implemented in totality. The next course of action would be planned by the committee after conducting a meeting soon.