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Youth Congress protest turns ugly

A protest by Congress workers outside the deputy commissioner’s office on Tuesday morning turned ugly when at least 60 protesting youth Congress workers were detained by the police from the spot.

punjab Updated: Feb 24, 2016 16:44 IST
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A protest by Congress workers outside the deputy commissioner’s office on Tuesday morning turned ugly when at least 60 protesting youth Congress workers were detained by the police from the spot. They were taken in buses and later released on the outskirts of the city.

in a police bus; and (right) police trying to stop protesters from entering the mini-secretariat premises in Ludhiana on Tuesday.

The workers were protesting against the policies of state government. Some workers also suffered minor injuries as the police resorted to cane-charge to disperse them. It all started when over 60 workers under the leadership of youth Congress vice-president Sunny Kainth gathered in front of the minisecretariat, where the offices of deputy commissioner, police commissioner, besides others are located, to protest.

The police detained them as they staged a protest when Section 144 (prohibiting gathering or assembly of more than five persons) of the CrPC has been imposed in the area.

The detained workers were taken to the Meharbaan police station area and were released later. The utter chaos prevailed in the area left the people visiting government offices harassed due to the protest.

Police had also installed barricades on the premises of mini-secretariat to prevent any mob from entering the deputy commissioner’s office. Two additional deputy commissioners of police (ADCP), three assistant commissioners of police (ACP), and five station house officers (SHO) were deputed at the spot.

Youth Cong ress had on Monday announced to stage protest outside the DC office demanding the release of pending old age pensions, funds of Shagun scheme, unemployment, round-the-clock electricity, free laptops to students among other issues. Congress leaders had also planned to lock up the DC office.

Senior Congress leaders, including former district chief of party Pawan Dewan and member of legislative assembly Rakesh Pandey were also present during the protest.

Sunny Kainth said, “Punjab government has severely failed to deliver its promises and now people have come to know about their real face. Congress party has always worked for the people of the state and Punjab can have faith in the party even during this time when everywhere there is loot at the hands of state government.”

ACP Prithipal Singh said, “Police detained workers protesting in front of the DC office because their protest was turning violent.”

The detained Congressmen in a police bus; and (right) police trying to stop protesters from entering the mini-secretariat premises in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Sikander Singh Chopra/Ht