Punjab Congress general secretary Fateh Jang Singh Bajwa, brother of state party president Partap Singh Bajwa, was on Monday among the 12 people awarded prison sentence and fine here in a 2002 clash with Akali rivals.
Senior division judicial magistrate Amita Singh awarded two-year jail and Rs. 7,000 fine to all six Congressmen; and threeyear imprisonment and Rs 12,000 penalty to all six Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) workers in the case. Later, her court granted bail to each of the convicts.
On September 6, 2002, the sides had fought with sharpedged weapons at Bhoja village in Ghuman jurisdiction of Batala police district. Fateh Bajwa and Avtar Singh led the Congressmen, while Harbhajan Singh led the Akalis. People on both sides were injured. After cross-case and re-inquiry, police dropped the murder attempt charge against Harbhajan Singh and his group.
Fateh lost the 2002 and 2007 assembly elections from Sri Hargobindpur. In 2009, SAD leader Sewa Singh Sekhwan trounced him in the contest for Kahnuwan seat that Partap Singh Bajwa vacated after being elected to Parliament.