The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday issued notice to the Punjab government, Abohar Congress MLA Sunil Jakhar and state BJP general secretary Sandeep Rinwa on a petition filed by the three Abohar liquor firms owned by liquor baron Shiv Lal Doda’s family, seeking protection.
The petitioners, Vansh Enterprise group, Rehan Wines Group, and Gagan Wine Trade and Finances Private Limited, owned by Doda’s family, have alleged before the court that following the violent incident on December 11, Doda’s political rivals, local MLA Jakhar and BJP leader Sandeep Rinwa, instigated the community members of the deceased and injured and told them to name Doda as an accused in the case and later instigated the crowd to close down the wine shops owned by the family in Abohar.
On December 11, Bhim Sain and Gurjant Singh were allegedly called to Doda’s farmhouse, where his men chopped off Bhim’s hands and legs and also injured Gurjant. Bhim later succumbed to his injuries.
The petitioners have claimed that four liquor vends in Indra Nagri, Sabzi Mandi, Sant Nagri and Ram Sara were looted and torched following the incident, which led to a loss of Rs 30 lakh to the proprietors. The court has also been told that the local police and district administration failed in protecting the properties of the petitioners. As the shops were closed, they were facing losses of Rs 17 lakh per day, it was stated.
They have sought directions to the local administration to protect their wine shops, provide security to their liquor vends and also security cover to wine shop owners.
The reply has been sought by January 22.