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Monday, 28 December 2020

40 booked for disrupting BJP’s event in Bathinda

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, December 27

Days after farmers ransacked the place where BJP workers were celebrating former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birth anniversary, the police on Sunday booked around 40 unidentified persons.

The case was registered on the statement of Kotwali police station SHO Inspector Davinder Singh. In the FIR, he stated that on December 25, BJP workers had pitched tent on the Amrik Singh road here to celebrate Vajpayee's birthday anniversary.

"BJP workers were waiting for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address, for which an LED was installed, to begin, when members of farmers' and other unions breached the barricades. They vandalised the place and disrupted the event. A BJP worker was injured," the SHO said.

A case under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 427 (mischief causing damage), 269 and 270 (unlawful and malingnant act), 148 (rioting with armed weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 120 B (whoever is a party to a criminal conspiracy to commit an offence) of IPC has been registered at the Kotwali police station.

Sources say the case was registered after the BJP mounted pressure on the authorities. State BJP chief Ashwani Sharma had, on Saturday, visited the city to boost the morale of the party cadre and held a meeting with administrative officials. He had demanded that a case be registered against persons, who had disrupted the event.

Protesters lay siege to Jyani's house

Fazilka: Farmers on Sunday started 'pakka morcha' (permanent protest) outside former BJP minister Surjit Kumar Jyani's residence at his native Katehra village in Fazilka. Farmers led by Gurwinder Singh, district president, BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) began the protest. He said despite being a farmer, Jyani had been batting for the draconian farm laws. Saying the farmers had a right to protest, Jyani called upon farmers to resolve the issues through talks. A union leader, Pipal Singh Ghanga, appealed to Jyani to support their agitation and they would lift the dharna. OC

from The Tribune

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