The district police have slapped attempt to murder charges on four youths who attacked BJP MP Raj Kumar Saini with ink here on Sunday and allegedly tried to manhandle him.
Saini is a strong opponent of Jat quota and is known for his repeated statements against the community.
Kurukshetra superintendent of police (SP) Simardeep Singh on Monday also formed a special investigation team (SIT) under deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Noopur Bishnoi to investigate into the case. He also transferred Sector--7 police post in-charge Sewa Singh for negligence in duty.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Simardeep Singh said, “The accused have been booked under various sections, including 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC and an SIT has been formed to look into the matter.”
SIT head DSP Bishnoi said the police have slapped the attempt to murder charges on accused as there was evidence of physical assault on the MP.
She said all the four accused who have been arrested belong to the Hisar district and they run a farmer organisation, Azad Kisan Mission.
The accused were identified as Harikesh, Praveen Dhanda, Saurav Dhanda and Sandeep, residents to Bhudhna village of Hisar district. The fifth accused, Jitender, managed to flee immediately after the attack.
Sources said Hariskesh, Saurav, Praveen, and Jitender are doing graduation, whereas Sandeep has completed his LLB and doing practice at the Hisar district courts.
They had reportedly reached Kurukshetra on Saturday, a day before the function where Saini was attacked.
The accused had also made an attempt to attack the BJP MP at a function in Hisar last month, but could not succeed in view of the tight security arrangements at the venue, the sources said.
The accused reportedly told the police that they do not support any political party or leader, but were agitated over Saini statements “which are harming social harmony in the state.”
ATTACK CONDEMNABLE: SAYS KHATTAR
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the attack on the MP is highly condemnable. “The MP’s security will be strengthened as per the requirement,” he added.
MP SMELLS POLITICAL CONSPIRACY AGAINST HIM
Meanwhile, Saini has demanded a CBI probe into the matter. “The incident hints at a big political conspiracy against me and the matter should be investigated by the CBI.” ‘
He also condemned the Kurukshtra police for not making proper security arrangements at Sunday’s function. “The transfer of a police post incharge is not sufficient. Action should also be taken against senior police officers of the district as they failed to provide adequate security to me.”
BJP MUST ACT AGAINST SAINI, SAYS JAT BODY
The All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) has slammed the police for slapping the attempt to murder charges on the accused.
Talking to Hindustan Times, AIJASS national president Yashpal Malik said, “The accused were thrashed by both the police and the people. Now they are being booked for attempt to murder. This is highly condemnable.”
He also asked the BJP to take strict action against Saini for his repeated anti-Jat statements, failing which the party “will have to pay the price” in the coming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.