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Watch | Protesters vandalise liquor vend in Zirakpur; MLA’s brothers among 60 booked

Agitated over inaction Women were objecting to setting up of the vend in Lohgarh area in close proximity of school and residential area; police said cow dung was brought in the vehicle of a political leader.

punjab Updated: May 10, 2017 13:16 IST
HT Correspondent
Zirakpur

The case was registered after high drama was witnessed outside a liquor vend at Lohgarh in Zirakpur on Tuesday evening after women protested against the setting up of a liquor vend in the residential area and completely damaged it.(HT Photo)

The Zirakpur police have booked 60 people, including two brothers of Dera Bassi MLA NK Sharma for damaging a liquor vend here on Tuesday.

The case was registered after high drama was witnessed outside a liquor vend at Lohgarh in Zirakpur on Tuesday evening after women protested against the setting up of a liquor vend in the residential area and completely damaged it. The women threw cow dung cakes and also broke the liquor bottles.

The case for damaging property was registered against Yadvindra and Dharmendra, brothers of MLA NK Sharma. Along with them, two councillors’ husband, Jaipal Singh and Navdeep Singh, councillor Tejinder Singh and Zirakpur resident, Charanjit Singh, were booked among other unknown people.

Police said the women were objecting to setting up of the vend in Lohgarh area in close proximity of school and residential area. The MLA had also approached the administration and had himself protested on Monday.

The sources in the police said even cow dung was brought in the vehicle of a political leader to damage the vend.

The case has been registered under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 395 (dacoity), 452 ( house-trespass after preparation for hurt), 323 (causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 148 (rioting) of Indian Penal Code.

WHAT HAPPENED
  • Women have been protesting at the site in Lohgarh for past 2 days where liquor vend is being set up
  • On Tuesday, they got agitated and started throwing cow dung cakes on the vend. Thereafter, they entered the vend and started breaking liquor bottles and raised slogans against Punjab government
  • Local MLA NK Sharma and other local leaders have been supporting their protest

Giving details, police said a group of ten women putting up in Lohgarh had been protesting against the setting up of the vend in the area for the last two days. They were also joined in the protest by MLA, NK Sharma, and other local leaders.

On Tuesday evening, the women got agitated and started throwing cow dung on the liquor vend. They were carrying cow dung cakes and raised slogans against the authorities for not shutting down the vend. The women also entered the vend and ransacked the entire place throwing away the liquor bottles.

One by one they threw the bottles outside the vend while the passersby kept standing at a distance noticing the women throwing bottles. The entire drama took place for about two hours in the evening. The entire place got covered with broken pieces of glass. While throwing bottles they were raising slogans against the Punjab government.

The situation aggravated following which the police was called in. The protest was halted only after the police reached the spot.

When contacted, Pawan Kumar, Station House Officer (SHO), Zirakpur said, “We reached the spot to control the situation but the vend was completely damaged. We are identifying the people involved in the incident and they will booked as per the provisions of law.“