The Hush Post: The police booked SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and ex-minister Bikram Singh Majithia for allegedly causing inconvenience to the public. They had laid a 30-hour siege on the Harike bridge in Ferozepur by blocking traffic. The Z-security bullet-proof jammer vehicle given to Sukhbir by the government was also used for the purpose.The FIR was registered at Makhu police station in Ferozepur under Sections 431 (damage to roads and bridges), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 283 (causing danger or obstruction in public way) of the IPC and Section 8-B of the National Highways Act.
On Sukhbir’s call, SAD leaders and workers staged dharnas on several key roads, including Ludhiana-Jalandhar, Amritsar-Bathinda, Bathinda-Mansa and Amritsar-Jalandhar. The party ended its statewide stir on Friday evening against the “false” attempt-to-murder case against Akali leaders at Mallanwala (Ferozepur) and the rejection of papers of Opposition candidates on “frivolous” grounds.The police dropped the attempt-to-murder charge and arrested five Congress workers in connection with the December 6 Mallanwala violence. Meanwhile, the State Election Commission has ordered the transfer of the Zira DSP and the Mallanwala SHO. Akali leaders also claimed that “excesses” are being done by the Congress in the run-up to elections to three Municipal Corporations (Amritsar, Jalandhar and Patiala), and 32 nagar councils and nagar panchayats. Just over a week before the municipal elections, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the Advocate General to ensure prevalence of peace, law and order in the state in connection with the statewide dharnas. The court issued a notice to the government, the DGP and the SAD for the same.