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Dharamkot police release Akali ‘bouncers’ on bail

Despite the allegations that the ‘bouncers’, who were found roaming in Dharamkot on the polling day were brought by a SAD leader in the area allegedly to capture polling booths, the district police released all the persons on bail without giving any reason.

assembly elections Updated: Feb 06, 2017 14:06 IST
HT Correspondent
Punjab polls
Baljit Singh, ASI-cum-investigation officer (IO) said that they were arrested under a bailable offence and the police had given bail to them.((Google Maps))

Despite the allegations that the ‘bouncers’, who were found roaming in Dharamkot on the polling day were brought by a SAD leader in the area allegedly to capture polling booths, the district police released all the persons on bail without giving any reason.

The Dharamkot police, following a tip-off, had arrested four ‘bouncers’ on Saturday at Kot Isse Khan.

According to sources, the accused persons, who belonged to Jalandhar, were reportedly hired to capture the polling booths in an attempt to disturb peace during polling.

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Baljit Singh, ASI-cum-investigation officer (IO) said that they were arrested under a bailable offence and the police had given bail to them.

“The police are yet to arrest the main conspirator Sabhi, who had brought these people in the area though there was a ban on roaming of outsiders in the area,” he said.

As per information, there were 10 bouncers in all, of which six managed to escape when the cops started questioning them on the suspicion that they were outsiders near a polling station at the grain market, Kot Isse Khan, police said.

The arrested have been identified as Ronki Ram, Raju Sharma, Money and Kuldeep Singh.

“During interrogation, the accused persons said nothing except that they were brought by Sabhi. We are tracking Sabhi to nab him and know the purpose of their visit in the area,” the ASI added.

Meanwhile, a case was registered under Sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 171C (Whoever voluntarily interferes or attempts to interfere with the free exercise of any electoral right commits the offence of undue influence at an election) of the Indian Penal Code at Kot Isse Khan Police Station Moga.