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Cops booked ex-mayor without proper probe, says BJP councillor

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, May 04, 2014
First Published: 09:40 IST(4/5/2014) | Last Updated: 09:41 IST(4/5/2014)

BJP councillor Suman Sehgal, sister-in-law of former mayor Suresh Sehgal, has lodged a complaint with municipal commissioner-cum-assistant returning officer Manpreet Singh Chattwal against Congress worker Reeta Sharma for holding a demonstration outside a polling booth on April 30.

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She said they were surprised as how the city police registered a case against the former mayor without proper investigation.

On Friday, the local unit of the Congress had threatened to gherao the Jalandhar commissionerate office if the police failed to arrest within three days for mer mayor Suresh Sehgal who allegedly beat up par ty worker Reeta Sharma at a polling booth in Rastan Mohalla on Wednesday.

In a press conference here, Suman Sehg al on Saturday cl ai med that Reeta Shar ma was lying and speaking nonsense against the former mayor without any “valid proof ”. She said they had a video footage of the incident wherein it was clearly evident that it was Reeta who pushed the former mayor first after he went to check the reason behind the interruption in polling at the booth number 168 on April 30.

A case under sections 323 (punishment for causing hurt voluntarily), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint ) and 354 (assault or criminal force to outrage woman’s modesty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was re gistered on Thursday against Shiromani Akali Dal leader Suresh Sehgal and his nephews Bablu and Raghav at the police station-III on May 1.

Suman alleged that Reeta had organised a dharna outside the polling booth and disrupted the polling process which was a violation, adding that action should be taken against the Congress worker for this.

Sehgal (67) was the city mayor from 1997 to 2002.

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