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Labourers shut work over official’s suspension 

Abohar: Various factions of Beopar Mandal and Labour Union on Tuesday shut work in the grain market at Padampur in Sriganganagar, condemning the suspension of Market Committee secretary Pawan Bhaskar by the state government.He was suspended on Monday over the grain market tin shed collapse incident in which about 50 persons were injured during a “tractor drag” race on Sunday. Officials said Bhaskar had given permission to the organisers for the event without getting clearance from the civil and police administration. He failed in protecting the government property also.Around 5,000 people were present during the race organised by 302 Randhawa Tractor Stunt Club. A case was registered against event convener Dilbagh Singh Randhawa of Chak 46RB village.The offices of Market Committee remained locked for three hours as traders and labourers staged a sit-in and raised slogans against the state government. The protesters demanded that the suspension orders of the Market Committee secretary be withdrawn.Beopar Mandal presidium members Purshotam Jindal and Bahadur Chand Narang alleged that secretary Bhaskar had been made an escape goat under political pressure to put a lid on failures of the civil and police administration. Why an NGO that was not registered with the government was not prevented from organising a “senseless tamasha” by charging Rs 1,000 as entry fee and using grain market complex. Why only one person had been booked in this case, they questioned.The offices were opened after three hours when Srikaranpur-based Market Committee secretary Surinder Kumar Khoth reached to take additional charge at Padampur in the presence of Tehsildar Sanjay Aggarwal and StationHouse Officer Rameshwar Bishnoi.The protesters submitted a memorandum to the state government through local officials demanding revocation of suspension orders and to take strong action against the event organisers, who the protesters said should be told to get the sheds renovated at their cost.

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