President of the All India Youth Congress (AIYC) Amrinder Singh Raja Warring met families of the Punjab Students Union activists, who are in judicial custody, in various villages of the district on Sunday, and assured them all possible help.
Warring first visited Ghudduwala and Deep Singh Wala villages from where about nine and two activists respectively were booked by the police on Wednesday last after the protesters allegedly vandalised a bus of the New Deep bus service, owned by Hardeep Singh Dhillon, the Shirmani Akali Dal (SAD) halqa in-charge of Gidderbaha.
The families of the students arrested in the case alleged that their wards were allegedly tortured by the 'goons' of the bus company in police custody and they were implicated in a false case of attempted murder.
Warring also met the families of the protesters from Dharamshala village and lauded their sons for challenging the powerful politicians for the misconduct, exploitation and lawlessness of the transporters.
"By deploying a very heavy police force in Moga, the Badal family has tried to cover up the issue of the molestation and murder of the 13-year-old Arshdeep Kaur. The government took the benefit of the poverty and compulsions of the family of the deceased and convinced them under pressure to accept the government aid and cremate the girl. But, the students challenged the government as anger was seething among the public against the private transport owned by politicians," said Warring, talking to the families of the students in Ghudduwala village.
"The incident has jolted the conscience of the people of the state and they have stood up to fight against the injustice by the Badal family done with the family of the deceased girl," he said.
"The private bus operators, who have amassed crores of rupees by allegedly overcharging fares, violating all the rules under the government shield, have got false cases registered against the students, including girls and a minor student and tortured them in police custody. The damage to the bus was a spontaneous flow of anger against the private transporters after the Moga incident," Warring said in Deep Singh Wala village.
Talking to the media, Warring said that the alleged torture of Hardeep Kaur Kotla, a zonal leader of Punjab Students Union, is utterly condemnable.
"I will apprise the National Commission for Women about this incident. Besides, I will also take up the matter of the students booked for attempted murder with the SC and ST Commission and seek their early release as some of the students had to appear in the examinations. The Congress will hold a protest march in the town tomorrow. We shall continue out protest till the students are released unconditionally," said Raja Warring.
It is pertinent to mention that 12 protesters, including a 13-year- old student and a girl are now in judicial custody after their arrest on May 6.