Thursday, June 15, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


M A I N   N E W S

Tohra, 7 others held, bailed out
From Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 14 Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, Member of Parliament, and seven other members of the Sikh Education Society, were today arrested by the city police for violation of provisions of Section 144 CrPC.

They were directed to be sent to judicial remand till June 28 by the UT Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr H.S. Madaan.

The accused were directed to be bailed out later after they furnished bail bonds of Rs 10,000 along with a surety of the like amount each.

The eight accused were arrested from Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26. A police party led by the SHO, Police Station, Sector 26, Mr Prem Malik, arrested Mr G. S. Tohra, President, Sikh Education Society, and Mr Bharpur Singh, Raja Harnarinder Singh, Major Narinder Singh, Mr Karnail Singh Daud, Col Jasmer Singh Bala, Mr Sadhu Singh Todarmal and Mr Gurdev Singh Brar under Sections 188, IPC.

Contesting the bail application the public prosecutor submitted that the eight accused had violated orders passed by the SDM concerned. The defence counsel, however, argued that the applicants had already sent a letter to the police intimating them about the meeting they were going to hold today.

They were bailed out by the Magistrate who held that since nothing had to be recovered from them and no useful purpose would be served by detaining them.

Trouble started in the college premises.

Mr Tohra along with his supporters tried to enter the college premises in the morning. The team was stopped on the gate. After arguments, they were packed off to the Sector 26 police station.

Mr Tohra said that the police was trying to implement the rule banning entry of all the warring factions on any issue in the institution premises. The police however maintained that only Cr P.C 144 was being used to get rid of an unlawful gathering.

Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, a Tohra supporter, and a former legislator and MP., came to the police station premises along with his supporters. Slogans were raised against Mr Badal and the Chandigarh Police.

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