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Capt condemns attack on Cong office in Amritsar

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times   Amritsar, April 15, 2014
First Published: 22:46 IST(15/4/2014) | Last Updated: 22:48 IST(15/4/2014)

Congress candidate from Amritsar, Capt Amarinder Singh has condemned the attack on the party's office in the Amritsar North assembly segment here on Monday and warned against vitiating the peaceful atmosphere.

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In a statement issued here on Tuesday, Amarinder dared the attackers to confront him if they have courage rather than scaring his workers. He also asked the police to immediately arrest the culprits lest it be believed that the latter are enjoying police patronage.

The former Chief Minister said that some people fired gunshots at the rural unit office of the party here and when the Congress workers tried to chase them they fled the scene.

"This is an act of sheer cowardice aimed at scaring our workers who bravely and courageously tried to confront the attackers who fled after firing the gunshots", he added. He challenged the "attackers and those patronising them", that if they are brave, "better come and fire at me than on my workers".

He said. "It is beyond any doubt who these people are and at whose behest they are acting". He hoped that the police will soon arrest them to expose them and ensure that such incidents are not allowed to happen again.

The former chief minister warned that this was an indication of the things to come. He reiterated his demand that Amritsar be declared as a hyper-sensitive constituency as more such incidents are feared to take place as some Akali leaders are openly threatening of violence and have already shown their seriousness by attacking the Congress office.

Amritsar District (rural) Congress Committee (DCC) president, Gurjit Singh Aujla also condemned the attack on the party office.

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