Twelve goons attacked CPM, Raikot, secretary Santokh Gill after trespassing into his house at Sudhar near here on Saturday night. The accused thrashed him brutally and fled.
Gill suffered two fractures in his right leg and injuries on other parts of his body.
Gill, who is admitted to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), said the accused had thrashed some of the shopkeepers of Sudhar on September 2 and he was helping the victims.
Gill added that the police were reluctant to arrest the accused. When he reached his house on Saturday, the accused had attacked him and thrashed him with iron rods. One of the accused had also flashed gun at him and threatened to kill him. When his wife raised the alarm, the accused fled.
On the other hand, shopkeepers closed their shops against hooliganism and demanded arrest of the accused. Residents said if the police fail to arrest accused till September 9, they would launch an agitation.
The accused have been identified as Talwinder Singh alias Nikku of Sudhar, Harpreet Happy, Gurmeet Kaur, Daljit Kaur and their unidentified accomplices.The police have nabbed some of the accused.
The Sudhar police registered a case against 12 people under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrong­ful restrain), 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt), 356 (assault or criminal force in attempt to commit theft of property carried by a person), 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage reli­gious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or reli­gious beliefs), 294 (obscene acts and songs), 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of Rs 50), 506 (criminal intimidation), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence commit­ted in prosecution of common object) of the Indian penal code and sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act.
Sub-Inspector Nirmal Singh said the police have launched a manhunt to the arrest the accused.