Hooch tragedy

AAP ups the ante against govt, local MLAs

Workers march towards MLA’s house, taken to police station

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, August 4

With the death toll in the hooch tragedy crossing the 100-mark, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has intensified its demonstrations against local MLAs and Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

Taking a hard line on the issue, hundreds of AAP activists started marching towards the residence of MLA Danny Bandala here on Tuesday. But the police forcibly rounded them up on the way and took them to the Civil Lines police station.

Workers, who were being led by Harbhajan Singh (ETO), in-charge of the Aam Aadmi Party’s Jandiala Guru constituency, and Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal, president of Majha zone, were arrested by the police and taken to the Civil Lines police station. AAP workers were holding boards and raising slogans against the liquor mafia and the government.

Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal said despite a large number of deaths, the government and the administration were yet to wake up. He said Capt Amarinder Singh was sitting in his farmhouse and did his duty by suspending four officers. The villagers and the families of the victims are directly testifying to the involvement of local Congress leaders in the case. Harbhajan Singh said the Aam Aadmi Party would continue with its struggle in this matter till the real culprits behind these deaths were brought to book.

He was accompanied by Amritsar city president Ashok Talwar, co-president Rajinder Palah, constituency in-charge Manish Agarwal, Dr Inderbir Nijhar, Dr Inderpal, youth president Majha zone president Sukhraj Bal, vice-president Jagjit Singh, district president Ved Prakash Bablu, senior leaders and a large number of volunteers, including Ravinder Hans, Narinder Marwaha, Sanjeev Kumar, Ravinder Singh, Harish Babbar, Arvinder Singh and advocate Parminder Sethi.

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