Covid norms: Cops more harsh on activists than netas, suggest 10 FIRs - ECAS Punjab

Covid norms: Cops more harsh on activists than netas, suggest 10 FIRs

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Archit Watts

Tribune News Service

Muktsar, September 5

The Muktsar police have been accused of adopting double standards when it comes to lodging FIRs over violation of Covid safety norms.

A closer look at 10 related FIRs over the past fortnight suggests the violators who participated in political protests have been booked by the police as unidentified persons.

On the other hand, whenever any farmer outfit or student body organised a demonstration, their activists were booked by name.

For instance, some Akalis protested in Malout on September 2 against Cabinet Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot over alleged SC scholarship scam. The case, however, was registered against unidentified persons.

The police followed a similar pattern during an AAP protest, led by its two MLAs from Faridkot district, in Muktsar on September 1.

But an agitation by farm activists against the Centre's ordinances on agricultural reforms didn't meet the same fate. The protesters had their names registered in FIRs lodged on August 20, 25, 26 and 27. At Doda village on August 21, people were booked by name for holding a gathering at a house.

"The law should be same for all. Why aren't the police naming politicians," asked a farm leader.

While Muktsar SSP

D Sudarvizhi wasn't available for comment, another senior official said he would look into the matter.

54 attend pool party despite curbs, booked

Ludhiana: At least 54 persons attending a pool party at a farmhouse in Jhammat village were booked by the Ludhiana police late Friday night for violation of lockdown norms. Among them were wards of politicians. The resort owner was booked too. Bottles of liquor, cases of beer and two hookahs were seized.

from The Tribune

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