Twenty-nine youth congress workers who were arrested on Thursday for induldging in rioting have been sent to a 14 day judicial custody.
Congress workers had on Thursday gathered in huge numbers at Sector 42 in Chandigarh on the call given by Punjab youth congress president Ravneet Singh Bittu. Their aim was to gherao the Punjab Vidhan Sabha to protest against the Badal government’s corrupt practices, growing lawlessness and false commitments to the public, including the one for a Metro project for Ludhiana.
They were also protesting against power shortage in the state due to which the industry was suffering, and the government’s failure to check the cost of building material. As they started to march towards the Vidhan Sabha, they were stopped and informed about Section 144 of Cr.PC being in force in the city.
However, the Youth Congress members tried to break the cordon and started pelting the police personnel with stones. About a dozen policemen were injured in the process.
Police then used water canons to disperse the protesters, who later re-gathered in more numbers and made another attempt to break the barricade. The police was forced to resort to a mild lathicharge, fired tear gas shells and arrested 30 congress workers out of which one got bail.
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