The district police on Monday arrested the 52 protesters, including 16 women, who had been staging a protest outside the Sadar police station at Ghal Kalan village, 5 km from the district headquarters, for the past four days under the banner of 'Insaaf Deo'. The protesters, supported by the Kirti Kisan Union (KKU), Punjab, and Punjab Students Union (PSU), were demanding action against a man of Ghal Kalan for allegedly defrauding the farmers of the region.
The police had to resort to take action against them when the protesters, led by Nirbhai Singh Dhidike, state president of the KKU; Devinder Singh Ghali, district president of KKU; Karamjeet Singh Kotkapura and Sukhjit Singh Bukanwala, secretary and district president of the PSU, tried to enter the police station.
The police closed the main gate of the police station but the protesters jumped over the gate and entered the police station. When the protesters entered the police station forcibly, a clash ensued between the protesters and the police inside the station. During the clash, turbans of several protesters flew off. The police somehow controlled the situation and took the protesters into custody.
They also removed the equipment such as loudspeaker and other paraphernalia fro the protest site.
As soon as the district higher authorities received information regarding the incident, Surinder Kaur, sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), Moga, and Gurmail Singh, deputy superintendent of police, reached the spot.
Earlier, addressing the gathering, Devinder Singh Ghali, district president of the KKU said, "A shopkeeper named Prem Pal of Ghal Kalan had collected about Rs 3 crore through illegal method of chit fund. Though, the police had registered a case against him, yet he has not been attested so far."
Deputy superintendent of police Gurmail Singh said, "A fraud case has been registered against Prempal Singh under various sections of the IPC at the Sadar police station. A special investigation team is investigating the entire matter so far but the protesters were trying to break law and order situation. Therefore, we have arrested some anti-social elements and the police have done job under the law."