An Akali sarpanch and his aides have been booked for allegedly attacking a Dalit man with sharp-edged weapons on the eve of elections at Talwandi Mohan Singh village, about 25 km from the district headquarters.
The fresh case of poll-related violence surfaced three days after the Tarn Taran police booked a former Akali sarpanch and his aides for gunning down a Dalit man and injuring his brother after barging into their house at Palasaur village near here on February 6.
Victim Harjit Singh, who is undergoing treatment at Amritsar, complained to the police that Talwandi Mohan Singh village sarpanch Sohan Singh, his son Gurjant Singh and aides Bohad Singh, Ravisher Singh and Makhan Singh attacked him with sharp-edged weapons, causing injuries on his arms, last Friday night.
The victim alleged the accused was pressuring him to vote for their political party. He alleged the Akali sarpanch first tried to lure him with money, but when he refused, he was attacked.
Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Gurbaksh Singh, the chief investigation officer, said a case was registered against the accused under Sections 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 506 (criminal intimidation), 148 (rioting, with deadly weapon) and 149 (unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Sadar police station in Patti on Thursday. All the accused are absconding.
PALASAUR ATTACK: EX-SARPANCH AT LARGE
Even as cops arrested two women — Pawanpreet Kaur and Harpreet Kaur — in connection with the attack on a Dalit family that left Surjit Singh, 33, dead and his brother injured at Palasaur village near here, all key accused, including former sarpanch Gurpreet Singh, alias Babbu, are still absconding.
Babbu and his aides had barged into Surjit’s house and opened fire at his family on Monday. The two groups, both supporters of the Akali Dal, had a tiff during a poll meeting, which led to the incident. BATHINDA: With the police yet to register a case against Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders who were allegedly behind a nude video of Congress worker Dharam Singh shot by cops that went viral on the social media, party workers on Friday staged a protest in Mehraj village in the district. Mehraj is the native village of state Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh.
Party workers took out a protest march in the village, demanding that the police register a case against SAD leaders on whose pressure cops stripped Dharam Singh, a resident of Bhai Rupa village, at Phul police station and made his nude video on November 17, 2015.
The police have booked two head constables Ram Singh and Harinder Singh in this connection, who are on the run. The two accused, along with Phul SHO Jai Singh, have been suspended.
Dharam Singh alleged that the video was uploaded on Facebook by the grandson of a senior SAD leader on February 5. The Congress will also be staging a protest at Bhai Rupa on Saturday, in which party workers from Rampura Phul assembly segment will take part.