Brar ends dharna after assurance from admn
Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar on Sunday ended his dharna outside the house of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal at Badal village after the administration and police officials assured him to hold a "fair" and independent probe into the Maan village violence during the zila parishad and block samiti elections on May 19.Updated: Jun 02, 2013, 22:19 IST
Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar on Sunday ended his dharna outside the house of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal at Badal village after the administration and police officials assured him to hold a "fair" and independent probe into the Maan village violence during the zila parishad and block samiti elections on May 19.
The administration assured Brar that no one from Maan village would be harassed and they agreed to widen the ambit of the probe against those who had descended in the village to allegedly capture booths during the polls.
Brar declared that in case the administration failed to fulfil their commitment within a month, his party would organise a state-level insaaf rally at Maan village to get justice for the residents.
Brar had undertaken the Insaaf Yatra from Muktsar to Badal on Saturday and gheraoed the chief minister's house, seeking withdrawal of cases against 150 Congressmen of Maan village, who had been booked for the May-19 poll violence.
Brar, along with hundreds of supporters, had been sitting on dharna for the past 24 hours in front of the Chief minister's house. In an attempt to weaken the agitation, the police allegedly stopped Brar's supporters from bringing in food and water for the protesters at the entrance of Badal and Maan villages as a heavy police force cordoned the entire area and virtually sealed Badal village.
Perturbed over the development, Brar compared the situation with Operation Bluestar and alleged that the SAD-BJP government had virtually crushed the democratic rights of citizens. He dared the administration, vowing to fight till last to get justice for the people of Maan village.
Following this, the Muktsar administration reportedly took up the matter with the authorities in Chandigarh. The chief minister reportedly directed the administration to sort out the issue till Sunday evening.
Soon, Bathinda Range DIG Amar Singh Chahal, Muktsar deputy commissioner Paramjit Singh and SSP Surjit Singh started negotiations with Brar, for persuading him to lift the dharna. The officials assured Brar a fair and independent probe in the incident within 15 to 20 days and also promised to widen the ambit of the investigation regarding the outsiders' entry into the village to capture booths.
Following the assurance, Brar lifted the dharna at around 4pm. He also warned of intensifying the agitation and a state-wide rally at Maan village in case the administration failed to keep the promise.
Soon, the police lifted the barricades and Brar, along with his supporters, moved towards Maan village. He thanked the gathering at the house of the village saerpanch for showing courage against the "repression" and for their support to the protesters. He said he would reach all those places in the state where the government had been "committing atrocities".
At the village gurdwara, Brar made an emotional appeal to Parkash Singh Badal, "I request you to visit the village and try to restore brotherhood and harmony here instead of using the police force to convert Congressmen into Akalis."
Brar was accompanied by Muktsar district Congress president Gurdas Girdhar, former Kotkapura MLA and younger brother Ripjit Singh Brar, former MLA Vijay Sathi and senior party leader Mohinder Singh Dhillon.