A local court on Saturday sent Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu and Congress leader Vikramjit Singh Mofar to judicial custody till October 31 in cases registered against them during a protest against loss to cotton crop in the Malwa belt due to whitefly attack.
The court of chief judicial magistrate Vikrant Kumar sent Bittu and Mofar to 14-day judicial custody for indulging in a scuffle with police on September 30 while holding a protest near the district administrative complex here. The two leaders have been booked under sections Indian Penal Code sections 353, 186, 332, 148 and 149 at the Civil Lines police station.
Separately, the court of judicial magistrate Randeep Kumar also sent Bittu and Mofar in judicial custody in a case registered against them under sections 342, 452, 427, 353, 186, 148 and 149 IPC at the Canal Colony police station after a protest by Congress workers at the office of the chief agricultural officer at Bathinda on September 30.
Talking to mediapersons outside the court, Bittu blamed the Punjab government for committing atrocities on people, including farmers. “All sections of society are fed up with the state government. The recent widespread protests across the state are a clear indication of it,” said Bittu.
The Ludhiana MP alleged that there has been a complete collapse of the law and order machinery in the state.