The BJP workers on Sunday held a protest at Attari border against the Pakistani government over Sarabjit Singhs death in a hospital following a murderous assault on him in a Lahore jail. The workers went on a rampage,damaged a police vehicle and smashed the glasses of a bus in which BJP leaders led by state unit chief Kamal Sharma were travelling after they courted arrest during the protest.
The protest against Pakistan,which was meant to be symbolic and peaceful,turned into a melee after BJP workers led by Sharma,Anil Joshi,Manoranjan Kalia and others broke barricades and tried to head towards the border. The police had to use water cannons to disperse the crowd.
When Sharma and other leaders were being taken away in a police vehicle after they courted arrest,party workers surrounded the vehicle and tried to stop it. As the police vehicle continued to move forward,the workers started vandalising it.
Following this,Sharma and the other leaders were transferred to another bus. This time too,party workers broke the bus glass.
Over 200 workers and leaders were detained but later released. It was a kind of preventive arrest. They had offered themselves for the arrest. They were later released after submission of bonds, said Amritsar (Rural) SSP Manmohan Singh.
Asked whether any action was taken by the police in connection with vandalising of police vehicles,Singh said: No action had been taken as of now. Only a front shield of the vehicle and side boarding panel was broken by the mob. Asked if that did not warrant any legal action,he added: The police will decide on that after the investigations.
Earlier,party activists raised anti-Pakistan slogans and protested against the brutal killing of Sarabjit. Pakistans action is devoid of any respect for basic human rights and asked the neighbouring country to stop giving shelter to the terrorists against India, party vice-president Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina said.
He also blamed the UPA government for its weakness to deal with hostile neighbours,and asked the Centre to show that it has strong will to protect its citizens from such brutalities.