New Delhi: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Daljit Singh Cheema said the party would hold a symbolic protest in front of the residence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on August 11 over the Punjab hooch tragedy which has claimed 121 lives so far. Also Read - 'India Feels The Absence...', Rahul Gandhi Launches Veiled Attack on PM Modi on Manmohan Singh's Birthday
A protest march was also carried out today by the party against the Congress-led Punjab government. The SAD has alleged that the liquor mafia in the state had paid money to the Congress to “thwart” any probe into the “illegal liquor trade”. Also Read - Bharat Bandh: 'Rail Roko' in Punjab, Blockades in Haryana as India Witnesses Farmer Protest Over Farm Bills | Top Points
Led by SAD leader Prem Singh Chandumajra, the march was stopped by the Chandigarh Police some distance away from the Raj Bhawan. The protesters were then briefly detained by the police. Also Read - Bharat Bandh Today: Punjab, UP And Maharashtra | List of States Likely to be Affected by Farmers' Unions Strike
Addressing the media, Chandumajra said a probe should be ordered into the charges that the liquor mafia had allegedly paid crores of rupees to the Congress high command to “thwart” any inquiry into the illicit liquor trade being run under the alleged patronage of some Congress leaders.
The party demanded dismissal of the Congress government over the tragedy.
The SAD also demanded action against those Congress leaders and legislators who were allegedly involved in the supply of spurious liquor.
(With agency inputs)