Residents of Bonkar Dogra village blocked the national highway near Ladhowal as a mark of protest against the police's failure to take action against liquor smugglers active in the village. Village sarpanch had complained against the smugglers a number of times, but the police failed to take action against them.
On Friday, a group of henchmen of those into liquor smuggling barged into the house of village sarpanch Kashmir Singh and thrashed him and his family members for complaining against them.
When the police showed reluctance in registering a case against the accused, the villagers blocked the National and raised slogans against the police. The protest continued at least for two hours, causing inconvenience to the commuters. The vehicles were stranded up to a distance of 5 km. The villagers blocked the traffic at around 8.40 am, while the police took an hour to reach the spot.
The villagers lifted the blockade only after assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Gurpreet Singh Walia reached the spot and assured of action against the accused. Later, the police apprehended three accused, including a woman, for attacking the sarpanch and his kin.
Sarpanch Kashmir Singh said he had filed a complaint against the liquor smugglers on Thursday. Instead of taking action, the police leaked the information, following which the smugglers barged into his house and assaulted Kashmir and his niece.
Additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP) City-3 Paramjit Singh Pannu said a case had been registered against the accused. The police have been also investigating whether or not there was any negligence on the part of the Ladhowal police.