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Dalit families fall foul of Akali supporter

punjab Updated: May 29, 2013 20:46 IST
HT Correspondent

A couple of Dalit families living in a government colony near Gallowali village in the Majitha assembly segment have allegedly been victimised by a supporter of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) since they voted for the Congress in the just concluded elections to the block samitis and zila parishad.

The family of one Manjit Singh came forward on Wednesday to narrate their woes before media persons here. He brought along his daughter, Harjinder Kaur, who alleged that the Akali supporter, Vijay Kumar, a resident of Gallowali village, slapped her on Monday. Vijay was deputed as a polling agent of the ruling party on the voting day at a booth in the village school.

"There was a lot of noise outside our house and I went out to see what had happened. Vijay caught hold of me and slapped me and even took away my earring, threatening to teach all of us a lesson for voting for the Congress," claimed Harjinder while clutching her infant in her arms.

Manjit, who said he had been a Congress supporter for long, claimed that Vijay alongwith 6-7 others had gone on a rampage in their residential colony on Monday, smashing doors and windows.

Congress leader Sukhjinder Raj Singh Lalli Majithia, who had brought these aggrieved families before the media, said that in the last two-three days, he had contacted Majitha police and explained the gravity of the situation in the village. Unfortunately, the police refused to act and would probably do so only when something serious happens, he added.

He claimed that Vijay and his supporters were now trying to implicate Manjit and other colony residents in a fake criminal case. Manjit was picked up by police on Tuesday afternoon and let off only late in the night after the matter was brought to the notice of the Amritsar (rural) SSP.

"All that the Akalis want is to put 'kesri parnas' (piece of saffron cloth) around Congress supporters to announce their entry into the SAD," claimed the Congress leader.

He said that he would be bringing the entire matter before the National Commission for Women, since a woman had been slapped and the police had allegedly done nothing. He also planned to bring it to the notice of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Tribes.


Amritsar (rural) SSP Manmohan Singh said that the matter was brought to his notice by Lalli Majithia on Tuesday evening.

"I have given strict instructions to the police to keep a vigil in the village and anyone taking the law into his hands will be booked as per the law," he told HT.