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No arrest yet in Batala assault case

HT correspondent, Hindustan Times  Batala, May 05, 2013
First Published: 22:08 IST(5/5/2013) | Last Updated: 22:09 IST(5/5/2013)

Batala police were yet to arrest the persons booked for inflicting injuries on two sons of a local BJP councillor by firing at and attacking them with blunt sides of sharp-edged weapons in the bus stand market in the town on Saturday afternoon.

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Meanwhile, it was learnt that two accused named in the FIR - Lovepreet Singh and Darshan Padda - were also getting treatment at civil hospital, Qadian, for bullet injury. It was learnt that Batala police had recorded their statements and was in the process of registering a counter case against BJP councillor Mohan Lal and his two injured sons Atul and Sumeet.

When contacted city police station SHO Lakhwinder Singh confirmed that statements of Lovepreet and Darshan had been recorded. He said after investigating the matter, suitable action would be taken.

On Saturday afternoon, a dispute arose between Lovepreet and Sumeet, when the former parked his car in front of the latter's shop near the bus stand. Within minutes, the verbal spat turned physical and Lovepreet called his brother-in-law Vikram Randhawa, a block samiti member owing allegiance to the SAD, who allegedly rushed to the spot with 10-15 armed persons and attacked Sumeet with sharp-edged weapons.

Mohan Lal along with his younger son Atul rushed to the spot and tried to save Sumeet but Randhawa allegedly opened fire with a pistol, hitting Atul in his back near the waist.

Sensing resentment of the public and the local BJP leaders, police registered a case against Randhawa, Lovepreet, Darshan Padda and 10-12 unidentified persons but made no arrests.   

Talking to HT, Mohan Lal claimed that police were not arresting the accused due to political pressure and was in the process of registering a counter case against him and his sons due to its "partial" attitude.

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