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Protesters who climbed BSNL tower yet to be identified

Various newspapers and channels covered the incident and also published their names with photographs, but police were yet to identify the protesters.

punjab Updated: May 12, 2016 17:17 IST
Harinder Singh Khaira
Harinder Singh Khaira
Hindustan Times
Supporters of radical Sikh leader Dhian Singh Mand atop the BSNL tower in Patiala on Tuesday.(HT File Photo)

Despite having clear evidence about the identity of protesters who climbed up the mobile tower located at the office of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) near Kali Mata temple in Patiala, demanding the release of Dhian Singh Mand – the interim jathedar of Akal Takht appointed by the radical Sarbat Khalsa and his associates Mohkam Singh and Paramjit Singh Jejeani –the police who were guarding them for the whole day are yet to identify them, as they have booked five unidentified persons for trespassing, threatening to suicide and for some other offences on the complaint of a BSNL employee.

Meanwhile, Mand, Mohkam and Jejeani, who were arrested from Shambu border on Sunday, were later released on bail from the Nabha jail on Tuesday.

It must be mentioned that various newspapers and channels covered the incident and also published their names with photographs, but police were yet to identify the protesters. A police officer, when asked about the case, said, “Yes we were there at the spot for the whole day, but the protesters escaped easily by climbing down the tower when they moved to the other side.”

Read: Radical Sikh leaders released after supporters climb towers

The drama started around 7 am on Tuesday and continued till 7 pm. The higher officials were also involved in negotiating with the protesters. It was also learnt that the police also rounded up two supporters who were chanting anti-government slogans.

Meanwhile, despite several attempts, Patiala senior superintendent of police (SSP) could not be contacted.

Earlier, BSNL SDO Sarabjit Singh complained to the police that on Tuesday morning, two persons barged into the office premises by jumping the boundary wall and climbed to the top of the tower, while three others were supporting from the ground by chanting anti-government slogans. He said the office caretaker spotted them while they were trespassing and also tried to stop them but failed to do so. He added that caretaker informed him after locating them. After reaching the spot, he called the police.

A case was registered under Sections 447 (criminal trespass), 309 (attempt to commit suicide), 506 (criminal intimidation), 120B (criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 4 of Property Damage of Public Authority Act at Lahori gate police station in Patiala.

Station House Officer (SHO) Dalbir Singh Grewal said they were trying to identify the culprits and soon the police would nab them. Identity of protesters Though the police are yet to identify the protesters, it must be brought to their notice that the two persons who climbed the tower included Amarjit Singh and Karamjit Singh, both residents of Marori village in this district.

First Published: May 12, 2016 17:17 IST