SEVERAL MEMBERS of the youth wing of the Aam Aadmi Party suffered injuries after the Chandigarh Police used water cannons to stop the protesting members from entering the city, here on Sunday morning.
The youth volunteers, led by Advocate Harjot Singh Bains, president of Youth Wing, Aam Aadmi Party, Punjab, were marching from Mohali to gherao Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s residence in Sector 3, Chandigarh, when they were stopped by the Chandigarh Police on the Chandigarh-Mohali border in Sector 53. The party members were demanding the sacking of Punjab Agriculture Minister Tota Singh with immediate effect.
According to the police began the use of water cannons to disperse the protesters, they continued their efforts to march on, and the police used tear gas shells. Several AAP members, including Bibi Baljinder Kaur, president, Women Wing, Aam Aadmi Party, was also injured and was admitted to Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16.
“We were carrying out a peaceful agitation but when we reached the Chandigarh-Mohali border in Sector 53, they started using water cannons on us and also fired some tear gas shells,” said Bains while talking to the media.
Holding the Agriculture Minister accountable for the pitiable condition of the farmers across the state due to crop failures, the whitefly attack on cotton crops, distress sale of paddy and Basmati rice, the AAP members demanded that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal should order a time-bound judicial probe under a retired High Court judge to fix accountability for the suicides of farmers due to pesticide scam and the alleged involvement of Tota Singh and others.
“Today’s gathering of youth from across Punjab is a reflection of anger and disgust that the general public feel at the continuation of Tota Singh as Agriculture Minister of Punjab. The pesticide scam was reported right under the watch of the present Agriculture Minister, and this has resulted in increase of suicides of farmers in Punjab, especially in the Malwa region,” said Bains.