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Leaders of political parties condemn attack on Bahl

Leaders of various political parties on Wednesday condemned the attack on local Congress leader Raman Bahl by two members of the alleged land mafia for supporting the protest by those whose plots had been grabbed.

punjab Updated: Jun 03, 2015 22:36 IST
HT Correspondent

Leaders of various political parties on Wednesday condemned the attack on local Congress leader Raman Bahl by two members of the alleged land mafia for supporting the protest by those whose plots had been grabbed.

Leaders of the local units of the BJP, BSP, PPP, AAP, CPM Punjab, CPI (M), CPI and CPI (ML) Liberation condemned the attack. The local leadership of these parties has been supporting the plot owners who have been camping round the clock at the disputed land at Gopal Nagar here since May 2.

Barring the SAD, the local units of all other political parties have decided to jointly hold a rally under Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa at Nehru Park here on June 5.

The rallyists will also seek registration of a case against local SAD MLA Gurbachan Singh Babbehali, who allegedly patronised the land mafia that grabbed the residential plots of around 30 poor people.

Meanwhile, Gurdaspur District Congress Committee president and Dera Baba Nanak MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and Fatehgarh Churian MLA Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa met chief minister Parkash Singh Badal in Chandigarh on Wednesday to demand action against those behind the attack on Bahl.

The chief minister told them that the accused had already been arrested. Randhawa and Tripat Bajwa also urged the chief minister to restrain the activities of Akali leaders.

Meanwhile, Partap Singh Bajwa reached the house of Bahl here in the morning and promised all support to him.
Addressing the media, Bajwa said it was the moral duty of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to visit Bahl's residence to assure him justice as Bahl's father, former Punjab minister late Khushhal Bahl, had been Badal's colleague in the Punjab assembly for about two decades.

Bajwa demanded that local Akali MLA Gurbachan Singh Babbehali be made a party in the case against the assailants of Bahl under Section 120-B of the IPC.

Meanwhile, All India Youth Congress president and Gidderbaha MLA Amrinder Singh Raja Warring spoke on the phone to Bahl and condemned the attack. He said the Congress would come out on the streets and gherao the ruling party leaders. Former union minister of state for health Santosh Chaudhary also visited Bahl's house.

Meanwhile, SSP Gurpreet Singh Toor told Hindustan Times that the two accused named in the FIR -- Sukhdev Singh and Bikramjit Singh of Goht Khurd -- had been arrested and a local court had sent them to two-day police custody.

Meanwhile, the protesters said they would continue their stir till the rightful owners of the plots got them back.