The SAD may have distanced themselves from three of those who allegedly assaulted AIG (counter intelligence) Surinderjit Singh Mand, the fact remains that they were associated with Youth Akali Dal (YAD) chief and revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia.
The three, Maninderpal Singh Johar, aka Sunny Johar, Amanpreet Singh and Rishi Banda, had actively canvassed for Majithia in the January assembly polls. The SAD has now claimed that they were expelled from the party a couple of months back.
Talking to the media here on Wednesday, former Congress leader Sukhjinder Raj Singh, popular as Lalli Majithia, claimed that the three might have been expelled from the SAD, but they "still called the shots due to their closeness to Majithia". He claimed that they were frequent visitors to Majitha constituency represented by Bikram Majithia.
Lalli distributed copies of an FIR registered on January 4 this year against six persons, including his brother Jagwinder Singh Majithia and nephew Akashdeep Singh, and an unspecified number of supporters. They were charged under various sections of the IPC, including section 307 (attempt to murder).
The case was registered on a complaint by Bhupinder Singh, a supporter of Bikram Majithia. The complainant has stated that he, along with Sunny Johar, Amanpreet, Rishi Banda and others, were assaulted by Jagwinder and his supporters near Pandori Waraich village while they were going towards Amritsar. Soon after the clash, Majithia had held a press conference at his Amritsar residence and alleged that his supporters, who were returning to Amritsar, were beaten up and their cars damaged by Jagwinder and other Congress supporters.
At the time of the clash, Lalli was lobbying in Delhi for Congress ticket from Majitha. Though he did not get the ticket, he stood second as an Independent, far ahead of the official Congress candidate.
"Only a person who is close to those in power can dare to attack a police officer. The three may have been expelled, but they are still close to Bikram. In the ASI murder case, too, the main accused was a member of the ruling party and close to some powerful politicians," Lalli claimed.
"The CM should sack Majithia. If he cannot do that, he should apologise to the people for the misdeeds of his minister. If Badal cannot control the likes of Majithia and his son Sukhbir, it will be best if he sits at home," he said.
Gurbinder Singh Gill, a resident of Daburji village in Amritsar district, who was also present at the press conference, claimed that the place where The Hub, the spot where the clash took place, was situated was a three-storeyed house owned by his nephews, both of whom are settled abroad. Gill claimed that he possessed the power of attorney of the house.
"The property was occupied by Sunny Johar. It was demolished and this resto-bar was built in its place. I won the case in the court of the FCR (financial commissioner, revenue) and now the case of ownership is pending in a judicial court. The FCR did not allow the demolition of the house, but Sunny went ahead and demolished it," said Gill, alleging that Sunny had forged the ownership papers.
Lalli Majithia had last year arranged a press conference for Gill in Amritsar when the property in Ludhiana was occupied by Sunny Johar.
"I have been an Akali voter throughout my life, barring the last election in January. I even met Bikram Majithia when my property was occupied and told him that I had voted for him in the 2007 elections, but he refused to help me," Gill claimed, pointing to the registration of a fraud case against him.