Angry mob pelts police station with stones in Hoshiarpur

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Hoshiarpur
  • Updated: Oct 12, 2014 13:29 IST

A mob that had gathered in support of a Valmiki leader went on a rampage and attacked the city police station late Friday, forcing the policemen to lock themselves inside.

The mob hurled abuses at the policemen and pelted the building with stones. They did not even spare the ‘mehndi’ artists who were doing their job at Clock Tower Chowk and flung their chairs at the police station.

Deputy superintendent of police (city) Satish Kumar later reached the spot and pacified the crowd. Anil Hans, state convener of Bhartiya Valmiki Dharam Samaj, had gone to the police station with a complaint against a local jeweller who, he alleged, had pointed gun at him with an intension to kill.

Station house officer (SHO) Amarnath was not present at the police station at that time. Contacted over phone, the SHO is understood to have told Hans that he would look into the matter in the morning which agitated the leader.

In a few minutes, a large number of men and women gathered outside the police station and went berserk. The DSP (city) and SHO reached the spot and assured action after which the mob dispersed. On the complaint of Hans, an attempt to murder case has been registered against jeweller Balram Bagga but no action was taken regarding the attack on the police station.

The jeweller, however, said that four persons, including Hans, had come to his residence at Birbal Nagar in the night and started quarrelling with him. He alleged that they forcibly took out his licensed revolver from his pocket and fled.

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