In a daring broad daylight attack in a crowded market in the town, more than three dozens youths injured BJP mandal president Kamal Jyoti and Punjab Youth Akali Dal vice-president Parmajeet Singh on Friday.
Though Joyti and Paramjeet fired a few shots in the air to scare away their attackers, the miscreants carrying firearms and sharp- edged weapons overpowered the duo and inflicted injuries on them.
While Jyoti suffered a gunshot wound on his right leg, Paramjeet managed to flee the spot with injuries on his head and neck. Both were later rushed to the local civil hospital, where doctors referred them to Amritsar. While Paramjeet was later discharged, Jyoti had been admitted in the ICU at Amritsar hospital at the time of filing of this report.
Shopkeepers present on the spot claimed that the attack occurred just 100 meters away from Qadian police station, during which shots were fired by both groups for 10-20 minutes. However, police reached the spot after half-hour, allowing the miscreants to flee easily.
Shiromani Akali Dal leader and Qadian halqa incharge Sewa Singh Sekhwan alleged that the attack was an outcome of old rivalry between the family of Jarnail Singh Mahal, a politically influential family of Qadian, and Joyti. He claimed that about six months ago, Mahal's son had attacked Jyoti's brother and a criminal case registered against him at Qadian police station.
Mahal's son allegedly often threatened Joyti and his family after the lodging of the FIR. While newly elected block samiti and zila parishad members were on way to Gurdwara Chota Ghalughara Sahib to pay obeisance on Friday, men alleged to be supporters of Mahal cornered Joyti in the main market and attacked him. Paramjeet, who was accompanying Joyti, tried to save him but was injured in the process.
Asked about the political affiliations of the miscreants, Sekhwan refused to comment.
When contacted, Batala SSP Tulsi Ram said that a police team led by the Qadian DSP had rushed to the spot and started investigations. Police led by the Qadian SHO had been sent to Amritsar to record the statements of the injured, he said and added that action would be taken accordingly.