In a blatant display of political influence and high-handedness, Youth Akali Dal leader Ravinderpal Singh Minku along with his brother Sadhu Singh, sons of Bhagwan Singh of Gurmail Medical, a close aide of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, and their accomplices thrashed a chicken corner owner and his sons for not delivering food, free of cost on Tuesday night.
In the scuffle that ensued, the accused tossed the turban of Gurjinder Singh alias Bittu, owner of Aman Chicken at Jagjit Nagar near Shastri Nagar railway crossing. After the incident Bittu went missing. He sent voice messages in different WhatsApp groups saying he is going to end his life. He held Ravinderpal Singh Minku, his brother Sadhu Singh and their accomplices responsible for driving him to take the extreme step. The entire incident was captured in the CCTVs installed at the eatery.
The Sarabha Nagar police have registered a case under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 451 (house-trespass in order to commit offence), 506 (criminal intimidation), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) and sections 25/27/54/59 of Arms Act against Ravinderpal Singh Minku, Sadhu Singh, his accomplice Danny and others, who are yet to be identified, following the statement of Manpreet Singh, son of Gurjinder Singh Bittu.
Gurpreet Singh, younger son of Bittu, said on Tuesday night at around 11pm, Sadhu Singh made a call to their manager Ashok Kumar and asked him to deliver non-vegetarian food in Model Town Extension for free within 2 minutes. When the manager refused to deliver any food item for free, the accused started abusing him.
The manager also told Sadhu Singh that it being Tuesday, most of their staff was on leave, so they will not be able to deliver food within two minutes.
Within a minute after disconnecting the call, the accused along with their accomplices reached the eatery and started thrashing them.
Gurpreet Singh added that on hearing about the incident, his father also came there, the accused thrashed him too. The accused also flashed pistols and revolvers and opened fire in the air. The accused called around 100 of their accomplices at the spot, who continued threatening them for one hour.
“We made a call to the police control room, but no one turned up for at least half-an-hour. After half an hour, a PCR motorcycle squad reached there but stayed 100 metre away. The PCR officials refused to reach at the spot,” said Gurpreet Singh.
“When the accused left the place, Sarabha Nagar policemen came and record their statement,” he added.
Gurpreet added added that after the incident his father went missing and his mobile phone is also switched off. The family is worried about his safety.
Assistant commissioner of police (ACP, West) Surinder Lamba said on being informed he reached the spot and initiated action. He added that the owner of the eatery is missing after the incident. The police are in touch with the family to trace him.
He added that the police have launched a manhunt for to arrest the accused, but they are still absconding.
Minku is senior leader of Youth Akali Dal and spokesperson cum secretary general of Student organisation of India (SOI), student wing of Shiromani Akali Dal. His father Bhagwan Singh of Gurmail medical is close to the chief minister . Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal mostly stays at the residence of Bhagwan Singh during his Ludhiana visit.
Sadhu Singh and Ravinder Pal Singh Minku have a controversial past. In December 2009, Sadhu Singh along with his accomplices had allegedly beaten up Gurvinder Singh, a resident of Jawwadi, for hitting their car in full public view in Sarabha Nagar main market.
KS Ghumman, divisional commandant, posted at Punjab Home Guards and Civil defence Patiala, when tried to intervene in the matter, Sadhu Singh and accomplices had manhandled him. The matter reached the police but later, both the sides reached a compromise and no case was registered in this context.
In December 2015, Ravinderpal Singh Minku along with his accomplices had thrashed a scribe Harminder Singh Rocky near Bus stand over a petty issue. The then commissioner of police Paramraj Singh Umranangal had ordered an FIR against Minku and his accomplices, but later he reached a compromise with Rocky.