Hundreds of residents of Gandhi Camp held a demonstration against the Civil Lines police on Monday for allegedly booking a youth of the locality under the NDPS Act.
Raising slogans against Simble police post in-charge sub-inspector Parkash Singh, the protesters alleged that in a bid to save the real accused, who were selling drugs in the town, the police were registering fake cases against the innocent people.
They said on Saturday evening, a police team led by Parkash Singh picked a resident of Gandhi Camp, Rattan Lal when he was coming from the court complex, where he used to work as a labouerer.
The police kept him in illegal custody for entire night and on Sunday morning, when Rattan's parents went to police post to enquire about his son's fault, they were told that he was brought to the police post for questioning and would be released by evening, the protesters said.
On Sunday evening, when they again went to the police post to take back their son, they came to know that he had been booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and the police claimed to have recovered 260 narcotic capsules and 20 injections from him.
The protesters said if the police did not withdraw the fake case registered against Rattan Lal, they will give hold a dharna at Gandhi Chowk besides a massive protest against the Batala police.
The protesters called off the dharna after DSP Ravinder Pal Singh reached the spot and assured them of an impartial enquiry into the entire incident.
Refuting the allegations, SI Parkash Singh said the police had recovered narcotics from Rattan Lal after which a case was registered against him.