Punjab Congress condemns police lathicharge
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Last Updated: Monday, March 07, 2011, 18:03
  
Chandigarh: Congress in Punjab on Monday condemned the alleged lathicharge by police officials during a protest at Lambi village in Muktsar district here.

Police allegedly resorted to lathicharge during a protest by members of the Paramedical Contractual Employees Union yesterday.

During the clash, a protester, Sunita Rani, reportedly fell unconscious and was admitted to a hospital nearby, said state Congress spokesman Sukhpal Singh Khaira.

"The police even followed the agitators into the houses of local people, dragged women and other protesters out of the houses and mercilessly beat them up," he said.

"This is a gross violation of human rights and tantamount to curbing the fundamental right of expression of speech and a clear attempt to muzzle the voice of the people by intimidating them through the misuse of the police force," he added.

The Congress claimed that yesterday's incident showed the "complete breakdown of law and order in Punjab" and that the present Badal regime "is working unconstitutionally using draconian measures to browbeat public opinion in the state."

The Congress has also called upon the Chief Justice of the High Court, the Governor and the Human Rights commission to take suo-moto cognigence of "brutal use of force," by the police against unarmed peaceful agitators particularly women.

PTI


First Published: Monday, March 07, 2011, 18:03


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