Surjeet Singh alias Baba and his wife Jaspal Kaur, who had reached the tehsil complex on the last day of filing their nominations, alleged that city station house officer of Jaitu Amarjeet Singh Kular, who was present there inside the office of the returning officer, snatched their nomination papers.
Surjeet Singh wanted to file his nomination papers from ward number 6 while his wife from ward number 4.
Surjeet Singh alias Baba is the district president of the All India Jat Maha Sahba, Punjab, and they wanted to file their nominations as Congress candidates.
"They came running out of the room of the returning officer and alleged that the station house officer Jaitu Amarjeet Singh Kular had snatched their nomination papers when they entered the room to file them," said a witness in the complex.
Jaitu MLA and district president of the Congress Joginder Singh, who also reached the spot, said. "The SAD-BJP combine is playing cheap pressure tactics directly and indirectly. Surjeet wanted to file his nomination from ward number 6 while his wife from ward number 4. These wards fall in the area of a very influential political family, which is very close to the deputy chief minister. Though the influential family did not directly stop them from filing the nominations, they got it done by the police. SHO Jaitu Amarjeet Singh Kular snatched their nominations and they could not file them as it was the last day," alleged Joginder Singh.
The Congress demanded immediate transfer of the SHO.
"We strongly condemn the inaction of the police from whom we expect justice. We have complained about the incident to all the authorities concerned and we want the transfer of the SHO from here immediately so that the election could be fair," he added.
Amarjeet Singh Kular, SHO, Jaitu, said that the allegations are baseless. "I was there for security and was only doing my duty. They did not have any nominations or papers with them. They had rather come along with some other candidate to file as their covering candidates. It is all a fabricated story and my seniors have also found the allegations false," said Kular.
Varinder Singh, SDM Jaitu, who is the returning officer for Jaitu municipality said that they had reached him at about 5 pm had complained about the incident. "But the papers were being received by the assistant returning officer then and I am now fully aware if such incident happened. You can contact ARO," he said.