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YAD leaders booked after dharna outside YPS

Were protest against excess fee charged from students; cops say they violated social distancing norms amid pandemic

cities Updated: Jul 07, 2020 00:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Patiala

An FIR was lodged against Youth Akali Dal president Parambans Singh Romana, MLA Harinderpal Singh Chandumajra and Shiromani Akali Dal’s Patiala urban president Harpal Juneja, after they, along with some parents, staged a protest outside the Yadavindra Public School (YPS) on Monday.

Demanding the school management to return the excess fee charged from the students, they had also threatened to start a sustained agitation if the matter was not resolved within three days. Earlier, the party workers had staged a dharna outside the Moti Bagh Palace, the residence of chief minister (CM) Capt Amarinder Singh, when they were stopped on the way to YPS.

Accusing the CM of double speak, Romana said while the state government had announced it would file a review petition against the high court verdict in favour of private schools, the schools run by the CM’s family were extorting money from parents. He said the branches of YPS in Patiala and Mohali had extorted fee from parents even before the high court verdict was out.

The case against SAD workers was registered under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 283 (danger or obstruction in public way or line of navigation), 270 (malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act, for holding dharna during a pandemic and not adhering to social distancing norms.

“The police had briefed them about the pandemic situation but they went ahead with the protest. Thus on the basis of the complaint, we have registered an FIR,” confirmed SSP Mandeep Singh SIdhu.

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