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Jalandhar (rural) police on Monday arrested Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira and more than 200 party activists in Jalandhar minutes before they were to proceed to the local bus stand to block the movement of luxury buses.

The Jalandhar (rural) police on Monday arrested Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira and more than 200 party activists in Jalandhar minutes before they were to proceed to the local bus stand to block the movement of luxury buses allegedly owned by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal,his son Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal and other family members.

Khaira,the MLA from Bholath constituency,his son Mehtab Singh,former district Congress president Navtej Singh Cheema along with the party workers,including some women,were arrested at Kartarpur where they had assembled as a precautionary measure,the police said,adding that they were later released.

Khaira had earlier announced to gherao the buses to protest against the alleged ‘loot of state exchequer leading to a loss of Rs 1,500 crore annually’ by the CM and his family members allegedly by manipulating the state transport policy making it favourable for the private players. Badals allegedly own nearly 150 air-conditioned and super luxury buses.

Jalandhar Rural SSP Hardial Singh Mann said that the preventive arrests were made under Section 107/151 of CrPC to maintain law and order.

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“We had assembled for a peaceful protest to highlight the issue of transport trade hijack by the Badals,” Khaira told reporters.

This episode reflects the pathetic,arrogant and autocratic attitude of Badals towards the state and its public,Khaira said,adding that the arrests were unconstitutional and undemocratic,he said.

Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh also condemned the police action.

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Amarinder alleged the Badal family had been playing fraud with the state exchequer by running private luxury buses illegally in the state. “On one licence at least four to five buses owned by the Badal family are illegally plying in Punjab,” he said.

“All lucrative business in the state is controlled by the Badal family,” the former Chief Minister said.

He alleged a private television channel was controlled by them and it had monopolised the cable business in the state. Amarinder said he would take up the matter with Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni and also bring it to the notice of the Election Commission.

First published on: 04-10-2011 at 12:32:33 am
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