Congress stages protest after party workers ‘thrashed’ by SAD men

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Feb 23, 2016 09:43 IST
Congress workers staging a protest outside Sultanwind police station in Amritsar district on Monday. (HT PHOTO)

Congress workers gheraoed Sultanwind police station on Monday after a party worker and his son were allegedly thrashed by three SAD leaders on Sunday.

Babbu Gareeb, a social worker from Sultanwind and his son Raju, were allegedly beaten up by three SAD leaders identified as Rinku, his brother Raju and their friend Babblu, all residents of Tej Nagar, first at their own house and then were later taken to the house of the accused, where they were bashed up again and thrown out.

The duo has been admitted to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital with injuries in their head, forehead and legs. The police were earlier avoiding registration of a case against the accused. The supporters of the injured claimed that on being quizzed about the development, the cops initially feigned ignorance about the matter.

Thereafter, the protesters literally lifted the injured from the hospital and brought them to the police station following which the cops booked the accused under sections 365, 452, 324, 323, 342, 506, 148, 149 of the IPC and sections 25, 27 of the Arms Act, which left the Congress workers incensed again as they wanted an attempt to murder case to be registered against the accused.

On Monday, more than 500 irate Congressmen and residents of Tej Nagar and Sultanwind, led by District Congress Committee (DCC) rural president Gurjit Singh Aujla, for mer MLA Jasbir Singh Dimpa and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) secretary Dinesh Bassi, besieged Sultanwind police station seeking action against the accused including their arrest and invocation of section 307 (Attempt to murder) of the IPC in the case.

The protesters have given the cops two days to do so, failing which they have warned of besieging the office of the Amritsar police commissioner. Monday’s siege lasted for about five hours. With the protesters threatening to besiege the office of the Amritsar police commissioner, senior police officials and a sub divisional magistrate (SDM) visited the spot. The dharna was lifted after the officials visiting the spot assured the protesters that their demand would be fulfilled.

Talking to the media, Gurjit Singh Aujla, DCC (rural) president, said he had received complaints from the residents of Tej Nagar that the accused possessed weapons and were often seen firing in the air, which unleashed tension in the area. “Their arms licenses should be cancelled,” he demanded.

Charging the accused with dabbling in drug peddling, the protesters demanded the arrest of the accused and registration of an attempt to murder case against them. Inspector Manjit Singh, SHO, Sultanwind police station, said no arrests have been made yet in the case as the accused are absconding. “Efforts are being made to arrest them,” he said.

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