Clash over ‘chitta’ Ravana worsens situation
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in Chandigarh failed to break the deadlock over the demand for action against Ludhiana police officers. When, Punjab Congress MLAs Sunil Jakhar and Kuljit Nagra accused the Akalis of “sponsoring state terrorism” even as a meeting between protesting party leaders.
Congress leaders earlier marched to the CM residence to demand action against Ludhiana Police Commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh and dismissal of SP Jaswinder Singh for registering cases of murder and kidnapping against Congressmen following a clash with Akali workers over Dasehra celebrations in Ludhiana.
CLP leader Charanjit Channi asked why the Akalis had reacted to the word ‘chitta’. He was referring to the clash over the Congress attempt to burn a white effigy of Ravan.
Demanding that Akalis should condemn the Ludhiana incident, the leaders also raised incidents of Mansa, Muktsar and Abohar.
Congress MLAs staged a dharna outside the gate at the CM’s residence and raised slogans against the Akali government, calling it a “mafia”.
Later, the Chief Minister met them, and also asked the DGP to go to Ludhiana and investigate the matter, and not spare the guilty officers. However, the Congress leaders were not satisfied and continued with the dharna.