Following a three-hour-long dharna protest by BJP leaders at Gandhi Chowk here on Saturday, the Batala police finally added section 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint) of the IPC to the case against Congressmen in connection with attacking a BJP councillor and his brother on the night of July 23.
Earlier, BJP workers led by district BJP president Suresh Bhatia gathered at Nehru Gate and carried out a protest march against the Batala police that passed through various bazaars of the town.
Raising slogans against SSP Inderbir Singh and station house officer (SHO) of the city police station Chandan Kumar, the protesters alleged that the Batala police had failed not only in maintaining law and order in the town, but also failed in giving justice to the people.
The protesters claimed, “On the night of July 23, the SHO reached the spot when the miscreants were beating councillor Navneet Abrol and his brother Chetan Abrol, but in spite of arresting the accused, police requested the them to leave the spot.”
“Police have become totally ineffective. It is a big shame that a ruling party councillor was publicly beaten by Congressmen in front of police and the entire district leadership was forced to give a three-hour-long dharna for justice. I had brought the entire matter into the notice of Punjab BJP president Kamal Sharma and sought action against the lax attitude of the Batala police officials,” said Bhatia.
It is after superintendent of police (SP, investigation) Pardeep Malik called on the protesters and told them that police had added section 452 to the existing case against the accused and also assured them to arrest all accused soon, the protesters lifted the dharna.
The SSP was not available for comments despite repeated attempts, while SP (investigation) Pardeep Malik conformed that they had added section 452 in the existing case against the accused. He said police would investigate into the incident and act accordingly.
On Thursday night, Navneet Abrol and his brother Chetan were attacked in which they were injured seriously by “family members of Chander Mohan Vij”, against whom he had contested the council elections.
Police have registered a case under sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal
Code (IPC) against them.