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BJP MP faces farmers’ ire in Batala

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Tribune News Service

Batala, December 5

Hundreds of farmers laid a siege to the Batala Club where Rajya Sabha MP and former Punjab BJP chief Shwait Malik was holding a meeting with party workers.

The farmers were holding a protest at Gandhi Chowk when a word spread that the MP was holding discussions with workers pertaining to the forthcoming Municipal Corporation elections at the club. Sensing that things could go out of hand, SSP Rachpal Singh asked DSP (City) Parvinder Kaur to rush to the spot. Sources said the cops tried to persuade Malik to end the meeting but the MP refused to listen. DSP Kaur said they had a tough time in taking out the MP from the rear door. "We feared that if the farmers, who till then were in hundreds, came in large numbers and started holding a protest outside the club premises, the situation could turn volatile," she said. An officer said it took the police a long time to take Malik to a safe spot.

from The Tribune

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