Khaira in preventive custody
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The police on Tuesday took in preventive custody former Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira and 200 party supporters after they allegedly tried to protest against Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for sharing stage with SAD MLA Bibi Jagir Kaur at a rally in Bholath here.
Khaira, along with his supporters, were marching towards Bholath from his native village Ramgarh where the police made preventive arrest and took them to sadar police station at Kapurthala in buses. From there they were brought to Bholath to be presented before the executive magistrate. They were finally released at 4.40 pm.
According to the protesters, Badal was promoting "criminal" Bibi Jagir Kaur, who has been convicted in the murder case of her daughter Harpreet Kaur. Kaur, who is out on bail these days, had defeated Khaira in the last elections.
Khaira told mediapersons that he was set to lodge a peaceful protest in front of the office of Bholath SDM when the police arrested him and his supporters. A police officer said that police made preventive arrest of Khaira and his supporters as they were to lodge protest near the venue where the chief minister was to address a rally.
The Congress workers had allegedly refused to apply for bail and demanded that either they be released unconditionally or sent to judicial custody.
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