A day after the clash between two of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) councillors, the police on Saturday registered a case against Rajinder Virk, SAD councillor from ward number 12, under several sections of the IPC Act.
The police also booked Bittu Chhina, a Congress worker, against whom Virk contested successfully during 2012, along with more than 30 unidentified persons who were involved in the incident.
Virk, accompanied by his accomplices, had allegedly thrashed Sukhwinderpal Singh Minta, husband of Hapreet Kaur -- who is a councillor from ward number 14 -- over installation of a mobile phone tower on Friday. After being assaulted, Minta also attempted self immolation.
It must be mentioned that this wasn't the first time Virk had courted controversy. Earlier, a criminal case was filed against him for assaulting Patiala MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi during the parliamentary elections last year. He was arrested, but later was released on bail.
Interestingly, the fight between both the councillors has left SAD divided, besides exposing rift within the elected representatives of people. A group of the councillors could be seen defending Virk, while others supported Minta to put pressure on police to register a case against Virk.
Though the senior leaders of the party, including Patiala urban president Indermohan Bajaj tried to strike a compromise between both the parties, they failed in their attempts.
Even, the police tried for conciliation between both the councillors, but eventually had to register an FIR in the matter. Meanwhile, not in a mood to leave an opportunity to attack the Akalis, the Congress councillors mocked at the fight between the SAD councillors.
"It's a beginning as many more such fights may be witnessed in the near future. How can SAD ensure development, when its councilors are busy infighting over petty issues, that too in public?" said a senior Congress councillor on condition of anonymity.
Investigation officer Satnam Singh Virk said the police teams have been sent to arrest the accused. "The identification of unidentified accused will be done once the police manage to arrest the main accused persons involved in the fight," he said.
The police have registered a case under section 323 (punishment for causing injuries voluntarily), 427 (whoever commits mischief and thereby causes loss or damage), 451 (house trespass), 506 (criminal intimidation), 148 (whoever is guilty of rioting) and 149 (common intention).
On Thursday, Minta had stopped company workers from constructing the mobile phone tower in the residential area and had asked them to show the mandatory permission and the municipal corporation's "no objection certificate", which is mandatory.
However, on Friday morning the workers continued with their work, which led to heated verbal argument between Minta and Virk. Virk eventually left the area and few minutes later, group of people who had come with Virk allegedly beat up Minta with sticks, leaving him injured. He was later admitted to Rajindra Hospital.