Tension prevailed in the grain market area here after a group of masked men thrashed a trader, a supporter of former minister of state for home Gopal Kanda accused in the Geetika Sharma suicide case, on Saturday.
This is the third such attack on Kanda supporters ever since Gopal Kanda had been booked in connection with the suicide of former flight attendant of MDLR Airlines Geetika Sharma.
The victim, Ram Kumar Kherakha, told the police that he was at his shop in the grain market when a group of masked INLD workers carrying baseball bats barged into his shop and attacked him. Kherakha was beaten and he suffered grievous injuries on his arms and legs.
The attackers fled the spot after the victim's son Vijay fired in the air using his licensed pistol. Kherakha was then rushed to the Civil Hospital.
Upon receiving information, Sirsa superintendent of police Davinder Yadav, deputy superintending of police Satyavir Sheoran reached the Civil Hospital to enquire about the well being of the victim. Kherakha told the police that the attackers had been sent by Pardeep Godara, who was close to a top INLD leader.
When contacted, city station house officer Vikram Nehra said, "A case has been registered against Pardeep Godara and six others". Sources said that police had also seized the jeep in which the attackers were traveling from an INLD leader's house. The jeep owner, however, denied use of the vehicle by the attckers.
Notably, Pardeep Godara was one of the two INLD leaders who were allegedly manhandled by Kanda supporters on April 3, 2010 when they were forcing closure of markets during chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's visit.