Moga : The day long bandh seeking registration of criminal case against owners of Orbit bus in which a teenage girl was allegedly molested and pushed to death, evoked a mixed response on Monday.
The bandh called by opposition Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) and other social organisations saw few commercial establishments shut their shops, while it was business as usual for others at other pockets in the area.
However, Orbit buses remained off the roads on Monday. The protesters have also demanded for a CBI probe into the incident.
Meanwhile, expelled AAP leader Yogendra Yadav met with the victims’ family on Monday and expressed solidarity with them. Former chief minister and deputy leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Amarinder Singh is also expected to visit the family later in the day.
An uneasy calm prevailed in Moga as the girl’s death has taken political overtones even as ruling SAD-BJP brokered a compromise with the aggrieved family. Yesterday, ending a four-day protest against the ruling Badal family, father of the victim accepted Punjab government’s offer of compensation and a job and also agreed for the post-mortem and cremation of his daughter.
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Amarinder demands Prez rule in Punjab
Moga: Citing the dreadful Moga molestation case, former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday demanded imposition of President’s Rule in Punjab and alleged that the law and order machinery in the state has “totally collapsed”. “The law and order machinery of the state, which had gone bankrupt long back, has totally collapsed,” Singh told. Singh said that crimes of serious nature were regularly taking place in the state and “fear and insecurity are prevailing among people because of such incidents”.