About a dozen protesting members of the UT Government Employees’ CHB Housing Welfare Society were injured when the police resorted to lathicharge on Sunday. Two persons got their hands fractured in the incident. The members of the society were protesting against the non-allotment of flats to employees.
The society members will hold a meeting with UT Home Secretary on Monday. If they failed to arrive at any consensus then they would show black flags to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit on September 11, said the leaders of the society.
President of the society Balwinder Singh said that they called a peaceful protest rally on Sunday to raise their demand for allotment of plots to the successful applicants of the scheme which was launched in 2008. After addressing the rally at the rally ground in Sector 25, they started a protest towards Sector 25 colony but when they reached near the colony, the police started lathi-charge.
He alleged that about a dozen protesting members were injured in the incident and two members also got their hands fractured. The cops also manhandled women who were protesting during the rally.
The injured were taken to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16. They were discharged after being administered first aid.
Shiv Charan and Harbhajan Singh, who got their hands fractured, told Chandigarh Newsline that they were holding a peaceful protest but the policemen started beating them up without any warning. They alleged that the cops did not even spare protesting women. A cameraman of a news channel also suffered minor injuries in the incident.
Balwinder said that they would hold a meeting with the UT Home Secretary on Monday. “If we fail to reach any logical conclusion during the meeting then we will show black flags to the visiting PM on September 11 as a mark of protest,” he added.
The UT Police booked as many as 43 members of the society late in the evening for carrying out a protest rally in Sector 25. The police booked the protesters under sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting with deadly weapons), 149(unlawfull assembly), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 188 (violating of DM directions) of the CrPC at Sector 25.
The Chandigarh Congress criticised the lathicharge on the employees at the rally ground in Sector 25 on Sunday and said that an environment of fear was being created before the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The issue at heart
According to Balwinder Singh, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) launched a housing scheme in 2008. A total of 7,000 people applied for the scheme. A draw of lots was held in November 2010, and 3,930 applicants were selected. Balwinder claimed that the successful candidates started depositing money as per terms and conditions and the CHB also got 11.79 acres allotted for the project in Sector 53. The CHB took 25 per cent of the total money from the applicants which amounts to Rs 57 crore but in 2012 the Chandigarh Administration said that they could not allot flats to the employees as the terms for acquiring the land were changed. The employees said that the scheme was launched in 2008 and the draw was held in 2010. Then the administration could not deny the allotment of flats on the terms of 2012, they alleged.
AAP demand for polls
Representatives of Haryana unit of the Aam Aadmi Party demanded that panchayat elections should be held with immediate effect in the state. In a letter to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, the party said that the villages were being deprived of development by the government by not holding the elections.