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Y'nagar clash: BJP councillors rue police inaction, threaten to resign

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times   Karnal, September 03, 2013
First Published: 19:51 IST(3/9/2013) | Last Updated: 19:57 IST(3/9/2013)

The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) councillors of Yamunanagar municipal corporation on Tuesday threatened to resign if the police delayed in taking action against mayor and others for attacking them on Monday.

Yesterday, a 50-year old BJP councillor Sangeeta Singhal was beaten up by an opponent councillor and his accomplices at the mayor’s office. Besides Singhal, a local BJP worker Nitin Kapoor was also targeted.

The act of violence was recorded on camera by the local journalists and it was carried in the print and electronic media where faces of attackers were identifiable.

Local journalists said that a sitting councillor was among those who had beaten up the woman councillor.

Meanwhile, Singhal, who was admitted at a private hospital told Hindustan Times on Tuesday evening that the police had not registered any case on her complaint.

“On Monday evening, I had named four persons (for assault) in my complaint to the superintendent of police but no first action report (FIR) has been registered. It amounts to woman harassment as the indifferent SP has not taken any action against the culprits even as the video recording was in the public domain,” she said.

Singhal said that she would resign if no prompt action was taken.

Meanwhile, the senior deputy mayor Pawan Kumar Bittu, also a BJP leader, blamed the mayor Saroj Bala for designing the attack.

“Mayor, senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor share same room at the MC office. Yesterday, Bala called up her supporters including a councillor when visitors were there at the office. The opponents targeted me Singhal, and Nitin due to our political affiliation. Today we met the deputy commissioner and SP but the officials seemed to be under pressure for not taking any action against the accused

close to the leaders of the ruling Congress party,” he said supporting that the BJP would resign in protest.

Bittu said that though a case on his complaint was registered but he had apprehension that the BJP councillors would be harassed by the means of fabricated complaints by the mayor and her supporters.

Mayor Bala was not available for comments.

Both parties booked: DSP

The Yamunanagar deputy superintendent of police Virender Vij said that the police was investigating the case as both parties had filed complaints. He said that the police booked both parties under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt)


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