The family of the youth who was arrested for allegedly assaulting the former India hockey captain and the sitting Akali MLA Jalandhar (cantt), Pargat Singh in Sector 9 here over the parking of the vehicle, raised questions over the police action on Thursday.
Alleging that it showed the biased attitude of the police to take one sided action against their son, Kamaljeet Singh, a resident of Sector 22, when scuffle broke out from both the sides. Kamaljeet was later bailed out.
Kamaljeet’s father, Baljinder Singh, who is attached to judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court said that he would also demand for re-investigation of the case as during his verification from the spot he learnt that there was misunderstanding between Pargat Singh and his son when the MLA asked him to remove his car.
He said that Singh’s wife also told his son to remove the car and on that his son told her, “Bahaan ji (sister), I will remove it within few minutes.”
He said Singh misunderstood and he came out of the car and he started manhandling his son that led to counter attack in the incident. He said that his son had abrasions on his neck which showed that he was also assaulted.
Baljinder added the police had taken action against his son whereas no cross action was taken against the MLA who had also assaulted his son. He said that it appeared that MLA’s right finger appeared to be fractured during fight.
Raising further question over the police action, he said that the police slapped Sections 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 294 (obscene acts or words in public)in Sector 3 police station but the accused neither said lewd remarks nor he obstructed the parking. He said that he would meet MLA Pargat Singh along with his son, to discuss the matter.
On Tuesday night, Kamaldeep Singh had gone to get chicken for the dog at about 8 pm and at 9 pm when his mother tried to contact his mobile number, it was switched off. At about 11 pm, a cop from Sector 3 police station called up the family members and asked them to give surety for his bail.
Meanwhile, the guards who were manning the parking lot in Sector 9, on condition of anonymity, said blows were exchanged between both the groups and later the police was called to the spot.
DSP (central) Satish Kumar said they had taken the action as per the incident and the youth was drunk, according to his medical examination. He also denied receiving information of assault by the MLA. Kumar said that they will try to find if there is any CCTV camera footage of the incident from the market.
On the other hand, MLA, Pargat Singh denied allegations and said the drunk youth misbehaved and he handed him to police. Moreover, there was a long queue behind his car due to which he came out of car to ask him remove the vehicle, when the accused started assaulting him that led to fracture in his finger.
What the FIR states
Two persons were fighting with each other. FIR content stated that head constable, Subhash Sharma and Kuldeep Chand who claimed that they were on patrolling duty along with ASI Bhagwant Dayal found that two persons were fighting near public toilet of inner market, Sector 9, and they were taken to Government Multi Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16 for medical examination. However, the FIR had made the MLA, Pargat Singh a complainant and two cops were witness in the case whereas no private person account is taken in the FIR as witness.