Akali municipal councillor slapped in Bathinda

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Aug 18, 2016 11:33 IST

An Akali municipal councillor was allegedly slapped and manhandled by a group of residents here in ward number 39 on Tuesday evening.

Gurbachan Singh, councillor from the same ward, faced public wrath when he went to hear grievances of the people, who are facing problems due to accumulation of sewerage water in their respective areas.

The civic body had failed to take notice of sewerage overflow problem in the area from past one week.

The police have registered case under Sections 295 (deliberate attempt to insult religion), 298 (deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the accused. The accused have been identified as Aatma Singh, his son Jashan and three unidentified persons.

“The residents led by accused Aatma Singh started protesting in front of Gurbachan’s residence,” police said. On residents’ demand, Gurbachan went at the spot to take stock of the situation, but indulged into heated agreements over the issue.

The residents were furious when the councillor tried to pacify them by saying that he had met local MLA Saroop Chand Singla and mayor Balwant Rai Nath for a permanent solution to their problem. At this, the accused allegedly slapped Gurbachan toppling his turban.

The councillor also alleged the accused of pulling his beard. “The residents led by Aatma abused and manhandled me, despite my cooperation on every front,” Gurbachan said. He claimed that accused Aatma Singh had old enmity with him after he lost last civic body election against him.

Meanwhile, Rajesh Kumar, station house master of canal colony police station, said the police arrested accused Jashan on Wednesday, while the remaining accused will be arrested at earliest.

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