The dispute between two groups on the issue of control over the Moga truck union took a violent turn on Friday as one member of a group tried to immolate himself by pouring some mysterious oil and some other people of attacked a truck driver of the opposite group.
Subeg Singh, a supporter of senior Akali leader Ranwinder Singh Pappu Ramoowala, tried to immolate himself during the protest by Pappu's group on the Moga-Ferozepur national highway. However, the police reached the spot and took Subeg Singh into custody immediately before he could set himself ablaze and rushed him to Dr Mathura Dass Pahwa civil hospital here.
Jatinder Singh Kahira, senior superintendent of police (SSP), said that a heavy police force had been deployed near the truck union complex in advance as it was apprehended that the two groups might clash with each other over the issue of loading trucks.
It may be mentioned here that that nine months ago, the district magistrate-cum-deputy commissioner had imposed Section 145 of CrPC at the union's complex due to a dispute among different Akali groups. No work was being allowed to be carried out in the truck union office complex.
Sources said, firstly, Pappu's supporters allegedly attacked a truck driver, who belonged to another Akali leader Jagroop Singh Takhtupura. After that, Pappu's group blocked traffic on the Moga-Ferozepur road for seeking action against the rival group members, who were allegedly involved in defacing the hoarding on drug abuse put up by Pappu Ramoowala outside the truck union complex six days ago.
Jaswrinder Singh, station house officer (SHO) of Moga city-1 police station, said, "A case has been registered against Ranwinder Singh Pappu Ramoowala and his 18 other supporters for today violence and attack on a truck driver under sections 307, 427, 341, 148, 149 and 120-B of Indian Penal Code at Moga city-1 police station in this connection."
He added that Subeg Singh, a resident of Guru Amar Dass Nagar, Moga, has been booked under Section 309 of the IPC.
The SSP said, "We are investigating the entire matter. However, the police would not allow anyone to break the law and order situation."