The court of additional district and sessions judge, on Tuesday, dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajan Angural, who was booked by the city police for abetment to suicide after the death of lineman Ram Shankar on June 13.
The police have also added more charges against Angural and two other unknown accused under sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) on the court’s orders.
Earlier, a case under sections 306 (abetment to suicide), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) was registered against him and two others.
Angural’s counsel Naveen Chadha argued that the deceased was never beaten up by his client as he had died of infection. He contended that the victim was drunk when he had gone to repair a snag in the colony for which he had even apologised.
“He was admitted to the hospital on the next day of the incident and was suffering from vomiting and loose motion,” Chadha told the court.
After the court declined to give bail, Chadha said they would approach the Punjab and Haryana high court for bail.
The deceased’s son Ranjeet, in his complaint to the police, had said that, on June 11 around 3 am, his father called him to his office in Adarsh Nagar, where he told him about the thrashing by Angural and others.
“My father told me that he was beaten up in a ‘naked’ position by Angural, when he had gone there to repair a fault in the Ram Sharnam Colony, Basti Danishmanda,” said Ranjeet, adding that when they reached home his father went into depression and his condition deteriorated.
He said that he took his father to the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), but he died on June 13 morning.
After getting information about their colleague’s death, hundreds of Powercom employees gathered at the Football Chowk and blocked the road for an hour. They raised slogans against the Akali-BJP government alleging hooliganism by Angural and his goons.
On June 14, the union members had also held a protest outside the civil hospital, demanding the arrest of Angural and other accused alleging political pressure on the police in arresting them.
Angural is the national executive member of the BJP’s scheduled castes wing and close to senior BJP leaders, including president Vijay Sampla, Jalandhar central MLA Manoranjan Kalia and cabinet minister Bhagat Chunni Lal.