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Gidderbaha truck union chief among 3 held for assaulting journalist; Cong MLA’s aide at large

The police are yet to arrest Indian Youth Congress chief and Gidderbaha MLA Amrinder Singh Raja Warring’s personal assistant Jaspreet Singh Bhalaiana and 13 other unidentified persons named in the first information report (FIR). The police have even not asked Bhalaiana to join investigation.

punjab Updated: Apr 18, 2017 09:28 IST
HT Correspondent
Shivraj Singh Raju (left) under treatment at the civil hospital in Bathinda on Saturday, April 15.
Shivraj Singh Raju (left) under treatment at the civil hospital in Bathinda on Saturday, April 15.(HT)

The Muktsar police on Monday arrested Gidderbaha Truck Operators’ Union chief Charanjit Singh Dhillon and his two aides Harvinder Singh and Anil Kumar two days after the alleged attack on Shivraj Raju, a journalist with a Punjabi daily.

The police are yet to arrest Indian Youth Congress chief and Gidderbaha MLA Amrinder Singh Raja Warring’s personal assistant Jaspreet Singh Bhalaiana and 13 other unidentified persons named in the first information report (FIR). The police have even not asked Bhalaiana to join investigation.

Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Raj Pal Singh said the police were investigating Bhalaiana’s role as he was not present at the spot where the scribe was assaulted.

The arrested persons were presented before a court and were sent to 14-day judicial custody.

In his complaint to the police, Raju, 40, alleged that Dhillon was irked over a news report on his family dispute and he barged into his shop-cum-office near Bharu Chowk and thrashed him on Saturday. He said the accused forced him to drink urine and alcohol and made a video clip.

He named Bhalaiana as the main accused, alleging that he had threatened him a day before the incident. Raju, who was admitted to the Bathinda civil hospital with injuries on his chest, abdomen, neck and back, was discharged today. The scribe said despite his reluctance, the police have provided him security.

Warring and Bhalaiana could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.