A day after 65-yearold Jarnail Singh manhandled minister for rural development and panchayats Sikander Singh Maluka at Hamirgarh village on Friday, the local police have booked him on the charges of obstructing a public servant on a complaint by security personnel of the minister.
No case has been registered against the security personnel and other Akali workers who had publicly thrashed the old man — now admitted to the Government Medical College, Faridkot, with multiple and serious injuries in chest, stomach and head — after the incident.
According to information, Maluka’s turban was dislocated slightly as Jarnail pushed Maluka when he was going to the stage to address people at around 5pm on Friday.
Following the incident, Jarnail’s family had gone underground, but returned on Saturday morning.
Sukhminder Singh, Jarnail’s son, told HT, “We had shifted to a relative’s place for security reasons. My father does not have any political affiliation, but had been angry and perturbed over the recent sacrilege incidents. He does not mean to harm anyone. Injustice has been done with the registration of a police case against him. It is my father who has received serious injuries.”
He added that they would think of filing a case against people who assaulted his father only after he was discharged from the hospital.
Bathinda SSP Swapan Sharma said, “We are yet to receive a complaint from the other party. Jarnail is injured. A cross-case will be registered once Jarnail is deemed to be fit to record his statement.”
He added Jarnail had been booked under Sections 353 (criminal force to deter public servant) and 186 (obstructing public servant) of the IPC at the Dyalpura police station.
Complaint against cabinet minister Sikander Singh Maluka
In another development, Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ugarahan) through its Bhagta block president Jaspal Singh has filed a criminal complaint against cabinet minister Sikander Singh Maluka and others in the court of Ruchi Kamboj, judicial magistrate (first class).
In the complaint — fixed for consideration on December 11 — Jaspal has sought the registration of case for attempt to murder, under Sections of the Arms Act and the SC/ST Act against Maluka and his aides Manjit Singh Dhunna, Inderjit Singh, Sukhdev Kumar, Surinderjit Singh and Birbal Singh, for ‘thrashing protesting farmers’ who were showing black flags to the minister during his public meeting at Kothaguru village in Bathinda on November 17.