Demanding withdrawal of ‘false’ cases registered against their members and release of their two leaders, contractual employees of various departments of state government under the banner of Theka Mulazim Sanghatsh Morcha (TMSM) organised a protest march from Bhucho Mandi to Bathinda and then blocked the roads leading to Mansa, Talwandi Sabo and Dabwali cities.
The TMSM leaders said the government was trying to overpower their rightful protest for regularisation of services by coercion with the use of police forces against them.
The leaders alleged that to threaten and derail their protest, the police have registered false cases under section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code against ten of their members.
The case was registered against them and two TMSM leaders were arrested on October 5, when they along with others were protesting at Kotha Guru village for regularization of their services.
Before blocking the road, the TMSM leaders organised a march started from Bhucho Mandi.
A caravan of about 70 motorbikes and more than 100 four wheelers went through the villages and told villagers about the anti-people and anti-employment policies of the government. The TMSM members raised slogans against Punjab government and distributed pamphlets on the way to Bathinda. The blockade was on till the filing of the report.
On October 10, the union members protested against the decision of closing Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant, for six months during winter.