Rebel Bolaria & Congress leaders gherao Sukhbir; Detained

Bolaria Protesting against Sukhbir


The police today detained rebel Akali leader Inderbir Singh Bolaria, Congress leader Harjinder Singh Thekedar and some residents who were protesting against the setting up of a solid waste management plant during Deputy Chief Minister ’s visit.

The protesters were taken to Chheharta police station and released in the evening. Residents of the localities around the Bhagtanwala garbage dump yard, where the plant is to be established, are demanding that both be shifted outside the city.

The site falls under South constituency, represented by Bolaria. The protesters, led by Bolaria and Thekedar, started marching towards the Chattiwind road, but the police stopped them at the nearby Tarn Taran road intersection. They raised anti-government slogans and stopped traffic for over an hour.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of a railway overbridge to be constructed on the Tarn Taran-Amritsar road at a cost of Rs 130 crore. He also inaugurated mechanical sweeping machines, the new building of the MC office and the solid waste management project — costing Rs 460 crore.

He said the SAD-BJP government had completed several development works in the city, including the Rs 200-crore Entrance Plaza at the Golden Temple and the renovation of the Gobindgarh fort at a cost of Rs 95 crore.Others present at the inauguration included Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia and Local Bodies Minister Anil Joshi.