Tribune News Service
Muktsar, October 15
Former Union Minister-cum-senior BJP leader Vijay Sampla was gheraoed by farmers protesting the contentious farm laws at Maha Badhar village here.
He was on his way to visit a Dalit youth’s house at Chak Janisar village in Jalalabad sub-division in Fazilka district, who was allegedly forced to drink urine.
The BJP leadership said the incident was orchestrated by Congress leaders.
Rajesh Pathela, district president, BJP, said, “Vijay Sampla, some of us are being arrested and taken away. The farmers were adamant that they won’t give us a way to go ahead. We requested them to let us go ahead and visit Dalit youth’s family at Jalalabad. However, now police are arresting us. We are nearly 15 people.”
Sampla, along with others, sat on a dharna terming the agitating farmers anti-Dalits. Later, the police took them into custody.
Sampla told The Tribune, “The protest was led by a youth Congress leader. He, along with others, blocked our way. When we objected and started a parallel protest on the road, seeking a way to go ahead to meet a Dalit youth’s family, a police party arrived and took us into custody. We are now being taken to some undisclosed place on a police bus.”
“However, despite all this, we will come again in two-three days to visit the Dalit youth’s family. I have informed our state president about today’s incident.”
He further said that the Congress’ act today has proved that it was anti-Dalits.