Activists of Naujvan Bharat Sabha on Monday staged a protest in front of the office of the Muktsar senior superintendent of police, demanding the cancellation of a "false" case registered against the union activists at Bariwala police station at the behest of liquor contractors.
"We were demanding that two liquor vends be shifted out of inhabitation at Kotli Sangar and Bhuttiwala villages, but some people attacked the union activists when we were holding a candle march against drug menace," claimed Gagan Sangrami, zonal secretary of Punjab Students Union.
"When we approached the Bariwala police station to lodge a complaint against the assailants, the police misbehaved with us and later registered a false case against 24 union activists, four of whom were named while the remaining were unidentified," he claimed.
Activists of the Sabha alleged that the liquor vend at Kotli Sangar village is close to a religious place, an anganwadi centre and a school. At Bhuttiwala village, the liquor vend is near bus stand and is a cause of harassment for many, they said.
"We had held two meetings with the Muktsar additional deputy commissioner and then decided to hold a protest at the SSP's office to get justice," they said.
The protesters dispersed after superintendent of police (headquarters) Narinderpal Singh gave an assurance to look into the matter.
Narinderpal Singh, SP (H), Muktsar, said, "An inquiry has been marked to me. I have assured the protesters of justice. No further action will be taken against them till the matter is being probed."