Water cannons were used to disperse Congress workers, who were staging a protest against the decision to stop distribution of the food ration under the public distribution system and anti-people policies of the BJP government.
The protesters, who were raising slogans and carrying banners denouncing the policies started the protest from Sector 18-19 light points, but were stopped at Sector 7 roundabout, as they were marching towards Punjab Raj Bhavan to submit memorandum to UT administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki.
During the protest congress leaders, including Pardeep Chhabra, Chandigarh congress chief, former mayor Poonam Sharma and two other party workers sustained minor injuries.
Later former Union minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and Pradeep Chhabra met UT administrator and submitted memorandum to him demanding reinstatement of distribution of the ration from depots. Solanki assured them of a decision on the issue soon.
Bansal condemned the BJP government for burying the Food Security Act passed by the previous UPA government, which envisages food as a right for all.
The protesters also demanded issuance of ration cards immediately to the beneficiaries.
Bansal said more than 50,000 applications for the rations cards are pending with the sampark centers and these should be resolved immediately, for the benefit of the affected people.