Navjot Sidhu roughed up at rally in Jammu

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 15, 2014 07:53 IST

A group of unidentified Sikh youth roughed up Bharatiya Janata Party’s former Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday when he was leaving Gandhinagar in Jammu after addressing an election rally.

Sidhu was campaigning for the BJP candidate from the constituency which will go for polling on December 20.

According to reports, the youth, who were carrying black flags, raised slogans against Sidhu and criticised him for distorting the gurbani. They also asked him to leave Jammu.

The rear window pane of the vehicle in which Sidhu was travelling was also broken.

SHO of Gandhinagar police station, Paramjit Singh, confirmed the incident and said the situation was brought under control as police whisked the former MP away from the spot.

“It was a public meeting and the incident occurred around 7.15 pm when Sidhu, along with other BJP leaders, started leaving the venue. A group of Sikh youth started raising slogans against him and pushed him. In the chaos, a few turbans were tossed and somebody hit the rear window pane of the Toyota Innova car in which he was travelling,” informed the SHO, adding that arrangements were made for 500 people in the rally but 2,500 people turned up at the venue, leading to confusion.

About a month ago, Sidhu had landed in controversy for distorting the gurbani while taking part in a religious function in Ludhiana.

Former president of Jammu and Kashmir Gurdwara Management Board, Sudarshan Singh Wazir, said Sikhs living in Jammu were anguished by Sidhu’s act of distorting the gurbani.

Reportedly, after the incident, Sidhu was asked by the BJP high command to leave Jammu.

Wazir added that Sikhs in Jammu had also appealed to the Akal Takht to summon the BJP leader and penalise him.

Rajya Sabha MP and BJP’s Jammu and Kashmir incharge Avinash Rai Khanna was also accompanying Sidhu and both were campaigning for former Jammu mayor Kaminder Gupta.

So far, no case has been registered. Despite repeated attempts, Sidhu was not available for comments.

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