Chandigarh, April 26 : Several employees and kisan unions, writers associations and social organizations from Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana held a huge rally in the support of the ongoing struggle of the Tribune Employees Union here on Tuesday. They pledged that they would spearhead the agitation in each and every town of the region.
Speakers at the rally said that the Tribune management should revoke the suspension of union leaders immediately and withdraw the chargesheets otherwise situation would be worsen and the responsibility would be of the Tribune management. The employees unions decided to intensify its struggle in each and every corner of the street in the region and the kisan unions threatened that they would gherao the Tribune office headquarters if the demands of the Tribune Employees Union were not accepted. The leaders criticized the Chandigarh Administration for imposing CrPC 144 in Sector 29, Sector 31 and Industrial Area Phase 1 and Phase 2 for one day and denying the permission to hold a peaceful rally. The administration imposed CrPC 144 under the pressure of Tribune management and supported victimization policies of the Tribune management. The unions criticized the anti-democratic polices of the Chandigarh Administration and pledged that they would continue its struggle against the administration also.
The following leaders of various organizations spoke on the occasion are Mr Nirmal Singh Dhaliwal and Bant Singh Brar, president and general secretary of AITUC, respectively, Mr Kuldeep Singh, Convener CITU (Chd), Mr Kulbir Singh, Convener INTUC, Mr Madan Talwar, general secretary of the All India Newspaper Federation, New Delhi, Mr Gulazar Singh, Treasurer Bhartiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) Punjab, Master Ajmer Singh Gill of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal), Mr Joginder singh of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta), Mr Bhupinder Singh Ugrahan, President of the Punjab Kisan Sabha, Mr Rajbir Prashar, general secretary of the Haryana College Teachers Union, Mr Jagwant Singh, President of the Punjab and Chadnigarh College Teachers Union, Mr Lal Chand Kasana, secretary of the Sarv Karamchari Sangh Haryana, Mr Baj Singh Khera, President of the Adhyapak Dal (Punjab), Mr Jagdish Singh, President of the Chandigarh Government Transport Workers Union, Mr Bhagmal Rana, President of the Federation of UT Employees and Workers, Mr Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad, President of the All India Sikh Student Federation (Punjab), Mr Raghbir Singh Sandhu, Chief Adviser to the Punjab and UT Employees Action Committee, Chandigarh, Mr Darbara Singh Chahal, President of the Chandigarh Residents Social Welfare Federation, Mr Surinder Gill of Punjabi Lekhak Sabha, Chandigarh, Ms Santosh Gupta of the Chandigarh Journalists Association, Veteran trade unionist leader Mr Sajjan Singh, Mr Inderjit Singh Grewal, Mr Ranjit Singh Hans, Advocate Hari Singh Nagra, Mr Sarabjit Singh Pandher, ex President of the Chandigarh Press Club, Mr Subhash Chawla, ex Mayor of Chandigarh and the Councilor Mr Jatinder Bhatia.
Mr Balbir Singh Jandu and Mr Anil Kumar Gupta, President and General Secretary, respectively, of the Tribune Employees Union, announced the next course of action. Mr Jagtar Singh Sidhu, ex President of the Union thanked various unions for taking part in the rally. Mr Balwinder Jammu, Senior Journalist, conducted the rally.