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Congress leaders heading to power plant ‘detained’,let off

Several Congress leaders were detained by Mansa police on Friday and forced into a police vehicle amid unruly scenes after they tried to march towards the controversial site of the upcoming Gobindpura power plant — facing a land acquistion row.

Written by Express News Service | Bathinda |
July 30, 2011 12:26:13 am

Several Congress leaders were detained by Mansa police on Friday and forced into a police vehicle amid unruly scenes after they tried to march towards the controversial site of the upcoming Gobindpura power plant — facing a land acquistion row.

Six MLAs — Harminder Singh Jassi,Ajit Inder Singh Mofar,Mangat Rai Bansal,Rana K P Singh,Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria and Kewal Singh Dhillon,along with former MP Rana Gurjit Singh — were,however,let off at a rest house in Mansa.

Earlier,the leaders,along with and scores of Congress leaders,had organised a rally at the Bareta grain market to support the farmers who are opposing the “forcible” acquisition of land for the power plant. After flaying the ruling SAD-BJP combine over the issue,the leaders headed towards the site but were stopped by police.

“We wanted to meet the family members of those who have been sent to jail for opposing the acquisition. But the police did not allow us to go to them,” said Congress MLA from Bathinda,Harminder Singh Jassi.

Mansa SSP Surinderpal Singh Parmar,however,maintained that no MLAs were detained. “It was kind of a free ride given to the MLAs in the police vehicle,before they were dropped at a guest house in Mansa,” Parmar added.

Meanwhile,in a press statement,Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal termed the Gobindpura power plant land acquisition row as politically motivated. “The project will catalyse the economic development of the area,besides creating new employment opportunities,” she added.

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