High drama prevailed at the entry gate of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Friday morning, as Congress leader Inderjit Singh Zira, his driver and personal assistant clashed with Punjab Police commandos deputed with Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s cavalcade, as it was about to enter the assembly premises. Police said that Zira got his Innova (PB 11 AD 0014) in the way of the cavalcade forcing it to brake. On being asked to stop, his driver tried to flee, but the CM’s security managed to stop the car.
A scuffle ensured that led to the arrest of Zira’s PA, Akashdeep Singh, and the driver, Daljeet Singh. Zira, a former Akali minister, complained of chest pain and has been hospitalised at Government Multispecialty Hospital (GMSH) Sector-16.
Zira was reportedly upset at being denied permission to hold a protest against the land acquisition bill opposite the assembly building. When stopped, he raised slogans against the bill, the police claim.
Assistant superintendent of Police (ASP) (Central division), Guriqbal Singh, said that a case had been registered against the three under Sections 307/34 (attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to a public servant), 353 (assault or criminal force against public servant) of the IPC at the Sector-3 police station.
Sector 3 SHO Malkeet Singh said Zira’s driver had tried to run over the security personnel of the chief minister and the case was registered after a written complaint.
Punjab ADGP (intelligence) Hardeep Dhillon said this incident was purely a security breach and justified the use of Section 307 of the IPC (attempt to murder). Zira’s nephew Sarbjeet Singh, who was attending to him at GMSH, Sector 16, alleged that the police had manhandled his uncle, leading to a heart attack.
Zira to be held as soon as discharged: police
Police officials claimed that doctors were yet to give them any report that Zira had suffered a heart attack and said he would be arrested as soon as he was discharged from the hospital. Police sources also said the Innova used to ‘gatecrash’ into the CM’s cavalcade is registered in the name of Charanjeet Singh Walia, the owner of Mata Sahib Nursing College, Balongi.