Youth Akali Dal stages protest, demands rape FIR against MLA Simarjeet Bains
Several protesters, including district unit president Gurdeep Singh Gosha, were arrested and taken to the Dehlon police station.Updated: Nov 20, 2020, 22:50 IST
Youth Akali Dal (YAD) workers staged a protest against MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains outside his office in Janta Nagar on Friday and demanded his arrest following a 45-year-old woman’s allegations of rape.
Apprehending a law and order situation, the police detained several party workers, including YAD district president Gurdeep Singh Gosha, and took them to the Dehlon police station.
On November 16, a woman had accused Bains of raping her and threatening to kill both her sons.
Following this, commissioner of police Rakesh Agrawal had marked an inquiry to joint commissioner of police (rural) Kanwardeep Kaur in this regard.
The YAD protest took place two days after Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders threatened to launch a stir if an FIR was not lodged against Bains.
Gosha on Thursday had stated that he, along with his supporters, will stage a dharna outside the house-cum-office of Bains till a case was registered. As such, supporters of the Lok Insaaf Party chief stood guard outside his house in Janta Nagar on Friday.
Anticipating a clash, heavy police force was deployed on Daba Road to prevent YAD activists from entering the area. Besides, police also placed barricades and formed a human chain.
Gosha said police had failed to take action despite a woman filing a rape complaint against Bains. He accused the Congress of being hand-in-glove with Bains and sheltering him. On his detainment during what he called was a peaceful protest, Gosha accused the police of protecting Bains.
“Besides sexual exploitation of women, Bains has committed fraud with many people and is also involved in power theft. But, they are silent due to his links with the Congress government,” he alleged.
YAD south constituency president Gagandeep Giaspura said that they will not rest till police took action against the MLA.
ADCP-2 Jaskaran Singh Teja said, “The YAD supporters were marching towards the office of LIP leaders. They were asked to stage a protest in a democratic manner, but they did not relent and insisted on heading towards the house of the MLA. As a preventive measure, to avoid any law and order situation, we detained the YAD workers. They were released later.”
While he was not immediately available for comments on Friday, Bains had previously termed the rape allegations baseless and a cheap political stunt by the SAD to foil his “Punjab Adhikar Yatra” from Harike Pattan to secure the river waters of Punjab.
While claiming that the flimsy allegations were nothing new, he had stated that he had been accused of running mafias and amassing wealth, but had always come out clean.