Delhi chief minister and national convener of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Arvind Kejriwal visited Sukhera Bodla village, situated about 8 km from Jalalabad, a sub-division of Fazika district on Friday, to visit the SC family and the woman who was allegedly thrashed by police on Monday. Jalalabad is the home assembly segment of Punjab deputy chief minister and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal.
“Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and their aide Akali Dal (Badal) are allegedly hand-in-glove in doing atrocities on Dalits throughout the nation,” charged Kejriwal, after interacting with the victim family for around 12 minutes. He was accompanied by Punjab party incharge Sanjay Singh, state convener Succha Singh Chotepur and party MP Bhagwant Mann.
“It’s saddening that drug trade was so openly carried out in a village in the home assembly segment of Sukhbir Badal and if anyone (like this family) raised an alarm against the rampant sale of drugs, police force was used to snub their voice,” said Kejriwal.
The AAP chief demanded, “The fake case against the family should be withdrawn and they should also be given due compensation besides taking action against the guilty policemen into the matter.”
Meanwhile, hearing the news of Kejriwal’s visit to the village, a number of party workers and general public thronged the house of Sunita, the woman who, with her uncle Inder Singh and cousin Gurnek Singh was allegedly thrashed by police.
When contacted, Narinder Bhargav, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Fazilka, rebuffed the charges of police atrocities against them. The SSP claimed, “On Monday, two ladies of the village called the police helpline to seek assistance in a clash between two parties at village Sukhera Bodla. The police arrived there and tried to intervene, but Sunita and others obstructed the cops from doing their duty and attacked them, tore their uniform and threw the turban of a policeman.”
A case was registered against them under Sections 353 and 186 of the IPC while later, on the plea of the family, an inquiry had been marked to SP (investigation), Fazilka, to probe the matter and report, added the SSP.
The SSP further said, “Sunita was booked under the NDPS Act in April 2016 as 250 grams of narcotic powder was recovered from her. So she created the entire drama to take undue favour in that case.”
Meanwhile, Charanjit Singh Brar, OSD (officer on special duty) to Sukhbir Singh Badal while talking to HT said, “For gaining political mileage, AAP is making an issue out of a street fight between two parties belonging to thereserved category.”