Archit Watts, Tribune News Service
Badal (Muktsar), June 2. CWC member Jagmeet Singh Brar and his supporters today lifted their dharna from outside Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s residence after getting an assurance of an impartial probe into the Mann village violence episode from the district administration.
The protest lasted for almost 24 hours. Brar, his brother and former MLA Ripjit Singh Brar, district Congress president Gurdas Girdhar, Vijay Sathi and party workers were seeking the cancellation of an FIR lodged against 150 Congress workers and supporters belonging to Mann village.
A delegation, led by DIG (Bathinda range) Amar Singh Chahal, Muktsar Deputy Commissioner Paramjit Singh and SSP Surjeet Singh, assured the protesters that the matter would be probed thoroughly and no further arrests would be made.
Brar said: “The administration has assured us that no one will be harassed. But, if they failed to keep their word, we will stage a massive protest at Mann village”.
Later, the Congress leaders and workers went to Mann village to inform the aggrieved families about the development.
During the day, the protesters alleged they were not allowed to bring food from outside and their workers were stopped from entering the village. Two party workers were allegedly detained by the police.
Baljinder Kaur of Mann village, whose family members have been running since the incident, said: “The news came as a big relief for us. Now, our family members can return to their homes”.
Meanwhile, no party MLA from the district or constituency in charge turned up at the protest venue. Even Maheshinder Singh Badal, who resides in Badal village, did not join the protest. He had yesterday said that it was his father’s death anniversary, but he failed to turn up today as well.
Meanwhile, district Congress president Gurdas Girdhar said: “The District Congress Committee will issue show-cause notices to all the district leaders who did not join the protest”.