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Fortnight later, 20 booked for toll charge row


Fortnight later, 20 booked for toll charge row

Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, August 11

Sixteen days after Congress’ Dhuri MLA Dalvir Singh Goldy and his supporters stopped Ladda toll plaza employees from collecting “tax” for a road constructed along the embankment of a canal with money collected from area residents, the Dhuri Sadar police have filed a case under Sections 341, 283, 431, IPC, against 20 persons for obstructing the toll plaza employees, much to the chagrin of the MLA. 

“In 2018, along with area residents,I collected Rs 20 lakh and got a 1.75-km road built along the embankment of a canal from Ladda to Benra villages following ‘harassment; by toll plaxa employees,” said Goldy.  

“Since the road is constructed on Irrigation Department land, toll cannot be on this road. The Sangrur court has ordered toll on the Sangrur-Dhuri road. I had stopped toll employees from charging ‘cess’ on the road constructed along the embankment.”

When on July 26, the MLA and his supporters had opposed the charge, senior police officers, including the SHO, DSP and tehsildar, were present at the site. Nevertheless, on Saturday night, the police booked 20 persons for “preventing toll employees” from collecting charges.

“It is a false case. I will approach senior officers and also move the Punjab and Haryana High Court,” the Congress MLA told The Tribune. Toll plaza general manager Somvir Nain, on whose complaint an FIR was registered, said: “After the Sangrur court orders, we put up a naka on the road, but the MLA and his supporters did not allow us to collect tax. We have submitted evidence against the accused”.

Investigating officer ASI Lakhvir Singh refused to give details. Dhuri DSP Rashpal Singh said they had begun investigations. “We will take further action after the accused are identified,” he added.

 

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