Chandigarh/Bathinda, Aug 20
Hundreds of employees and pensioners of the Punjab Government today tried to gherao the residences of state ministers here in support of their demands.
As the employees gathered outside the high-security area in Sector 39, as part of state-wide protests, the police stopped them using trucks as barricades. When the employees tried to break through the barricading, the police fired water cannons and tear gas shells, causing minor injuries to some, while turbans of others were tossed as they jostled with the police.
Later, Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu’s representatives met the employees and pensioners and accepted their demand letters, on behalf of the government, said Sukhchain Khera, an employee leader.
In Bathinda, members of the Punjab UT Employees and Pensioners’ Joint Front today gheraoed Finance Minister Manpreet Badal’s office here over the privitisation policies of the government. — TNS
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