Guru Har Sahai police on Friday booked Congress MLA Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi’s son and four others on the charges of attempt to murder.
Akali worker Sukhwant Singh of Muktsar, who has been working for the party at Gur Har Sahai, had complained to the police on February 16, alleging that Anumeet Singh Sodhi, son of Rana Sodhi; Nasib Singh Sandhu, PA to Sodhi; and Ravi Sharma, Harwinder Singh and Davinder Jung, close aides of Rana; had allegedly fired at him on February 14, injuring him, as a result of which he had to be hospitalised.
DSP Sulakhan Singh said that on the basis of his statement, a case under sections 307, 365, 148 and 149 of the IPC and 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act was registered against the five.
Reacting to this, Anumeet told HT that it was an arm-twisting tactic by the ruling SAD leaders to harass them.
On February 12, Rana Sodhi had alleged that SAD workers had intimidated his supporters not to file their papers for the MC polls and also beat up Congress candidates Atam David and Anish at Guru Har Sahai. As a protest, Rana Sodhi took out a procession at Guru Har Sahai on the same day. Later, the police booked five SAD men, including Kaish Mann and Montu Vohra.
On February 14, the last day of filing the nomination papers, all 15 members of the Congress, who were to file their papers for 15 wards of the Guru Har Sahai municipal committee, failed to submit their papers on time.
Rana Sodhi on Friday alleged that Akalis did not allow his supporters to submit their papers. Sodhi alleged that the returning officer deliberately shifted the venue of submission of nomination papers from his office to the MC office, where a large number of Akalis did not allow his men to go inside. By the time, they entered the office, the returning
officer refused to receive their nominations saying they were late.
The Congressmen moved the high court, which on Friday set February 26 as the next date of hearing. firstname.lastname@example.org
HC adjourns hearing on Cong aspirants’ plea
The Punjab and Haryana high court has adjourned the hearing on the petition filed by 13 Congressmen, who could not file their nominations for the Guru Har Sahai municipal council polls.
The petition will be heard on February 26, a day after the elections get over in Punjab.
The Akali-BJP leaders who had been declared winners by the local returning officer became party in the case on Friday and refuted the allegations of violence. They submitted that the charges by Congress leaders of obstructing them from entering the office of the returning officer were false. They also questioned how it was possible to thwart the entry of 13 members and their workers. DS Patwalia, counsel for the Congress leaders, was also not present in the court.
The 13 Congressmen had moved the high court, alleging that their nomination papers were not accepted by the local administration on the plea that they reached after the stipulated time. They accused local Akali leaders of indulging in violence and not allowing them to enter the venue fixed for filing nomination papers. As per reports, 15 Akali-BJP candidates were declared elected by the local administration of Guru Har Sahai (Ferozepur district) on Tuesday.