The district Congress was unable to mobilise support for its Bathinda (urban) president Mohan Lal Jhumba as the canal station house officer, against whom the party workers have been protesting, foiled the protest march that the Congressmen had planned.
The Congress unit had started an indefinite dharna outside the canal police station against SHO Gurpreet Singh for allegedly misbehaving with Jhumba in the police station on Thursday. A protest march was also planned from canal police station to fire brigade chowk on Saturday.
The Congressmen had covered only a little distance when the SHO in controversy stopped the march on the ground that the party workers did not have permission from the district administration to carry out the march.
Interestingly, the Congressmen did not protest much to continue with their march and went back to the protesting site where media personnel were waiting for them.
Former Congress MLA from Bathinda, Harmander Jassi, was leading the march.
"We want to retain the dignity of Mohan lal Jhumba. We want the police administration to transfer the SHO and order an inquiry into his conduct," said Jassi. He had also organised a press conference on Friday to intensify the protest.
SHO Gurpreet Singh said the party workers did not have permission from the district administration to carry out the protest march and it was his duty to stop them.