Punjab Director-General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora arrived in Ludhiana Thursday evening after Congress leaders launched an overnight protest outside the residence of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in Chandigarh.
DGP Arora presided over a meeting with Ludhiana commissioner, DCP and other police officers at Circuit House.
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Speaking to The Indian Express over the phone, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, deputy CLP leader, who was sitting outside the CM’s residence Thursday, said, “No force or power can take us away from here now until the CM orders the immediate transfer of the Ludhiana police commissioner, who is blindly supporting the Akalis. We demand immediate suspension of ADCP-4 and ACP (East) who too worked in favor of the Akalis despite the fact that they attacked us. What right do the Akalis have to barge into our venue and that too as police personnel deployed there watched,” said Ashu.
MP Bittu said, “CM saab came out and spoke to us. He said he is sending the DGP to Ludhiana to supervise the investigation and an enquiry would be conducted. But marking an enquiry is just an eyewash. We are not moving from here until action is taken against the commissioner,” said Bittu.
On Monday late evening, a violent clash occurred between Congress and Akali Dal workers after YAD workers led by Tarsem Singh Bhinder allegedly stormed into a venue where the Congress leaders were ‘guarding’ the ‘Chhitta’ Raavan effigies created to protest against drugs.
While six Congress men have been booked for attempt to murder, abduction and hurting religious sentiments sections, the police have allegedly booked SAD workers under ‘lighter’ sections – for causing hurt, criminal intimidation and wrongful restraint.
DGP records YAD leader’s statement
After a meeting that continued till late Thursday evening at Circuit House, DGP Arora personally recorded the statement of YAD leader Tarsem Singh Bhinder. He was also accompanied by ADGP (Crime) IPS Sahota and DIG (Crime) Jaskaran Singh.
A police source said, “The DGP had also summoned Congress leaders, including MP Bittu and MLAs who were present at the spot that night but they did not turn up. The DGP will be in Ludhiana on Friday too.
Five Cong leaders get anticipatory bail
A local court Thursday granted anticipatory bail to five Congress leaders, including Guriqbal Honey (younger brother of Bittu), Umesh Sharma, Narinder Sharma (younger brother of MLA Ashu), Gurdeep Singh and district president urban Gurpreet Singh Gogi. Youth Congress leader Parvinder Lapran was sent to 14-day judicial custody Wednesday.