The district police have booked two Akali leaders on the charges of assault and hurting religious sentiments by pulling the beard of a Sikh, on a complaint filed by SGPC member Jarnail Singh Dogranwala.
The accused, block samiti vice-chairman Ranjit Singh Khojewal and senior Akali leader Dalwinder Singh Sidhu, denied all the charges and alleged that they had been falsely implicated.
Dogranwal said in his complaint: "Khojewal and Sidhu have assaulted me twice in the previous week. On May 1, when I was coming out of district planning committee chief Sarabjit Singh Makkar's office, Khojewal assaulted me and pulled my from my beard. and My turban was removed. Then Sidhu also pulled me from my hair and both thrashed me. When I cried for help, they fled."
The police have booked the accused under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 295-A (outraging religious feelings) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.
Later, Khojewal and Sidhu,along with their supporters reached court premises, and staged a protest opposite the office of Makkar, allegeing that they were being framed.
"I have spoken to both the parties and everything has been sorted out. SUch things keep happening within a family," Makkar said.