Published On: Sun, Mar 11th, 2018

Ex-minister’s turban tossed as truckers clash in Dhuri

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2018_3$largeimg11_Sunday_2018_010616188Sangrur : Two groups of truck operators of Dhuri clashed with each other over the charge of the union today.

The turban of a former  minister of the Shiromani Akali Dal was removed in the melee. One group of truckers accused the Dhuri police and local Congress MLA of favouring Jagjit Singh, who tried to take over as president of the union. A woman transporter was also injured and admitted to the Civil Hospital.

Former Akali minister Surinder Singh Dhuri alleged: “Truckers wanted to form a committee to run the union, which was disbanded last year. But local cops at the behest of Congress MLA Dalvir Singh Goldy tried to announce Jagjit Singh as president. When truckers opposed, the policemen and Jagjit’s men attacked us and removed my turban and of others as well.”

The woman transporter, Parmjit Kaur, alleged that the police were not recording her statement and pressuring her to leave the hospital.

Dirba AAP legislator Harpal Singh Cheema with other leaders and transporters later blocked the Ludhiana-Sangrur road and raised slogans against the government.

Former Congress MLA from Dhuri Dhanwant Singh, also joined the protest and demanded action against accused. “Strict action must be taken against the erring cops and others,” he said.

Cheema said: “Congress workers with the help of local cops attacked truckers. We demand immediate action against them.”

Goldy, however, denied the allegations and said he had no role as both groups clashed with each other.

Akashdeep Aulakh, DSP, Dhuri, said: “It was a clash between two groups who wanted to get their men elected as president of the union. The police only took some action to maintain law and order. Both groups have been called by the SDM on Monday to sort out the

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