Five linemen were injured in police lathi-charge when they forcibly tried to enter the residence of finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa on Saturday. Two were rushed to the hospital and later discharged after the first aid. The unemployed linemen were protesting to press their demands for jobs.
Speaking to the media, Pirmal Singh, Unemployed Lineman Union district president, Sangrur, said, "In 2011, the Punjab government promised to give employment to 5,000 linemen in Poercomm, but only 1,000 were provided with job. 4,000 are still unemployed."
He said Parkash Singh Badal, who has been the Punjab chief minister for five times, has failed to get rid of unemployment from the state. He accused Badal of not keeping his promises with the common man.
Chief advisor, Unemployed Lineman Union, Soma Singh Barhe, meanwhile, said due to unemployment, two of their members had already committed suicide.
He accused deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal of giving false statements in media with regard to removing unemployment and poverty from the state. He said government was spending money on surveys to take stock of unemployment in the state, but was unable to see unemployed youth protesting on roads.
"If our demands are not met on time, we will intensify our agitations," said Soma Singh.