BJP, HJC protest against Hisar cane charge
Hisar: The cane charge on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) workers outside Member of Parliament Naveen Jindal’s house yesterday has sparked protests by workers of the two parties in Hisar and neighbouring districts.
Injured Hisar BJP president Kamal Gupta, who suffered a head injury yesterday, is stated to be stable at a local hospital while the district HJC chief Randhir Panihar underwent minor surgery, BJP sources said.
Ram Bilas Sharma, state BJP president, and Ramji Lal, former Rajya Sabha member and senior HJC leader, led a demonstration by workers of the two parties here today.
Addressing agitated workers outside the Mini-Secretariat, Sharma alleged, “The manner in which peacefully protesting workers were cane-charged shows that the government has scant regard for the democratic rights of the people.”
The state BJP chief demanded Jindal’s arrest in the Coalgate scam and action against police officers responsible for the “brutal” lathi charge.
Speaking to The Tribune later, Sharma alleged that a police officer tried to drag Gupta out of the vehicle when he was being shifted to hospital in an unconscious condition. “Had our workers not become a shield for Gupta, the police would have killed him,” he alleged. He claimed that more than 15 workers of the two parties were still in hospitals.
BJP and HJC workers submitted a memorandum in support of their demands addressed to the Governor to the Subdivisional Magistrate. BJP leaders Subhash Barala and Mahabir Parshad and HJC leaders Amir Chand Makkar and Nihal Singh Matana addressed party workers.
Sirsa: Hundreds of BJP and HJC workers held a demonstration and burnt Jindal’s effigy in Sirsa on Thursday. Addressing workers, former minister Ganeshi Lal alleged that the Congress had always promoted corruption.
“Jindal has been booked for corruption and the BJP has the right to demand his arrest. The government has stooped so low that it did not hesitate raining lathis on peacefully demonstrating workers,” he said.
Fatehabad: District BJP president Molu Ram Rulania and district HJC chief Jug Lal Tuteja led workers of the two parties in their demonstration in Fatehabad on Thursday.The workers marched in a procession to Laal Batti Chowk and burnt Jindal’s effigy.
Bhiwani: National BJP Kisan Morcha president Om Prakash Dhankhar led a demonstration by BJP and HJC workers in Bhiwani on Thursday. The protesters burnt an effigy of the government and demanded stern action against the police officers responsible for the cane charge.
Rewari: BJP and HJC activists held a demonstration in front of the Secretariat here on Thursday. They were led by district BJP chief Satish Khola, district HJC president Rajender Singh Thekedar and district Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha chief Satya Dev Yadav.
They termed as barbaric the cane charge on BJP and HJC protesters in Hisar on Wednesday. They demanded Jindal’s arrest and the dismissal of the Hisar Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police. They burnt effigies of Jindal and the Haryana Chief Minister.