A day after Qadian BJP leader was shot in the leg and his friend, a Youth Akali leader, assaulted by three dozen persons in a crowded market here, Batala police claimed the arrest of six persons suspected to be involved in the incident.
Batala SSP Tulsi Ram said that police parties raided the possible hideouts of suspects and arrested Montu Masih, Billa, Bhatu, Neeta, Laddi, and Satnam Singh, adding that remaining absconding accused would be arrest soon.
Earlier, on Friday night, on the complaint of Qadian BJP leader Kamal Joyti, a case was registered under Sections 307, 324, 323, 382, 341, 427, 148 and 149 of the IPC and 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act against prime accused Jarnail Singh Mahal, his sons Amar Iqbal Singh Mahal and Harpreet Singh Mahal, Mantu Masih, Neeta, Jinda, Bhagat Singh, Satnam Singh, Laddi, Subeg Singh, Billa and 12 unidentified persons.
Jarnail, a former Akali councillor and president of Qadian municipal council, had opposed SAD leader Sewa Singh Sekhwan in the last assembly election.
It was learnt that about six months back, Mahal's relatives Bhatu and Montu Masih were booked for allegedly attacking Kamal Joyti's brother. Initially, police had allegedly resisted registration of the case due to strong political links of Jarnail Singh with senior akali leaders.
Meanwhile, all the arrested accused have been remaned in two- day police custody by a local court.
Second attack on BJP leader with in month
On May 4, a BJP councillor's son was seriously injured by SAD block samiti member and his accomplices in the market near the bus stand in Batala. Police registered a case against accused Vikramjeet Singh, but he is still out of police net even after more than 20 days of the crime.
Dr Navjot Sidhu writes to DGP
Chief parliamentary secretary and BJP MLA from Amritsar (East), Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, on Saturday met the injured BJP leader Jyoti Kamal in hospital and demanded strict action against the culprits.
Terming the incident "very serious", Dr Sidhu said, "I have written a letter to DGP Sumedh Singh Saini and demanded that he must personally oversee this case and see to it that Batala police take strict action against all the accused who assaulted Kamal Joyti."
She also gave Rs. 50,000 from her own funds to the injured BJP leader.