Four armed men allegedly barged into a farmhouse when a wedding party was going on and assaulted the manager and others on Friday night. The farmhouse is owned by Om Prakash Kataria, whose NGO had filed a petition against Haryana’s minister of state for sports and youth affairs Sukhbir Kataria for allegedly forging documents to help his relatives acquire multiple voter identity cards.
The attack on the farmhouse came hours after a city court issued summons to the minister on charges of forging voter identity cards in the last assembly elections held in 2009. He had won the election from the Gurgaon seat.
According to a police complaint, four youths, who came into a white SUV, barged into Natraj Greens farmhouse near Palam Mod on Old Delhi Road when a marriage function was going on. The assailants took manager Ravindra hostage and thrashed caterers and other staff.
“They (the attackers) brandished hockey sticks and a revolver and threatened to come again. One of them claimed that he was Sukhbir Kataria’s nephew,” said Ravindra, the complainant.
“No FIR has been registered in the case. We will take action only after a thorough investigation,” said Devi Chand, assistant sub-inspector, Palam Vihar police station.
Sukhbir Kataria denied any involvement of his men and termed the development as “politically motivated”.
“I don’t know anything about the Friday’s attack on the farmhouse. It is an allegation made with malicious intent,” he told HT on Saturday. About the summons issued to him, the minister said, “I am in Bhopal for a conference. I haven’t seen the order. It’s just an allegation by some people belonging to a certain political party.”
Sukhbir Kataria said he would return on Monday and consult his lawyers on the matter. He also said that he has had no word on the issue with chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda as yet.
Matdata Jagrookta Manch, the NGO, had filed a complaint in October 2010 that the minister had allegedly forged documents to help his relatives acquire multiple voter identity cards.
The minister’s relatives had allegedly cast bogus votes using the forged identity cards in favour of the minister.