Demanding arrest of a former Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) sarpanch and his associates, who allegedly thrashed a block-level officer (BLO) while verifying the voters' list, the activists of the All Punjab Aganwadi Employees' Union on Friday held a dharna in front of the office of the senior superintendent of police (SSP) here.
Raising slogans against the Qila Lal Singh police, the protesters alleged that under pressure from the ruling SAD leaders, the police have failed to arrest Suba Singh, the former sarpanch of village Jora Singh, who along with his half-a-dozen supporters thrashed BLO Sukhjinder Kaur, who had gone to the village to verify the voters' list.
State vice-president of the union, Rajwant kaur, said that on April 2, on the instructions of the higher authorities, BLO Sukhjinder Kaur had come to booth number 174 of Fatehgarh Churian constituency for verifying the voters' list but Suba Singh started misbehaving with her.
When she tried to call the local police, Suba Singh called some of his companions and slapped her. Suba Singh and his supporters also assaulted her husband and removed his turban, when he tried to save her from them.
After getting information about the incident, assistant returning officer Vijay Kumar rushed to the spot and investigated into the entire epidode. Later, he asked the Qila Lal Singh police to register a case under sections 186, 332 and 353 of the IPC in this regard.
Rajwant Kaur further alleged that even after lapse of more than 15 days, the Qila Lal Singh police have failed to arrest even a single person involved in the incident.
The dharna was lifted after SP(D) Vipin Chowdhary assured the protesters that all the accused will be arrested within one week,