The residents of Gurusar village staged a protest on Gidderbaha-Muktsar road by not allowing the buses of New Deep transport company of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Hardeep Singh ‘Dimpy’ Dhillon against alleged beating of three youths by the staff of bus firm on Thursday.
The residents started the protest early in the morning when the first bus of the firm passed through the road. The residents were demanding action against bus staff involved in the physical assault of the youths over tickets. No bus of New Deep Transport Company of Dhillon, who is SAD’s halqa in-charge of Gidderbaha assembly segment, was allowed by the protesters to ply on the road so buses of the firm had to divert their route.
The incident took place on Thursday evening when Devinder Singh and Sukhwinder Singh from Gurusar along with Ranjit Singh from Ghagga were beaten by bus staff at Gidderbaha bus stand.
Devinder is pursuing a language course while two others are pursuing computer course and had boarded bus from the bus stand. As there developed an issue over ticket between the conductor and the trio, the conductor called his fellows and reportedly took the youths to firm’s office and thrashed them.
Leaders of Congress including Narinder Singh Kauni and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sukhjinder Singh Kauni too joined the protesters, demanding case against the staff of the bus firm and an apology from Dhillon.
Terming the protests politically motivated, Dhillon said incident took place at bus stand only, but nobody was taken to firm’s office. He said that he has no objection to registering of case against the staff that beat the men. “I am ready to apologies to men myself but the protesters are not ready to listen and the whole issue is being politicised by AAP and Congress to target me,” said Dhillon. Meanwhile, SHO, Gidderbaha Kuldeep Chand said that the protest was lifted in the evening after Dhillon visited the protesters.