A Zirakpur-based farmer was allegedly attacked in full public view near the bus stand here on Tuesday, even as cops standing nearby remained mute spectators and did not arrest the assaulters.
Rahul Saini’s friends have also accused the cops of callousness, saying they did not help in taking him to hospital after he fell unconscious.
Saini, who had filed a complaint of fraud against immigration firm Royal Education Consultants, had come to Bedi Paradise complex near the bus stand with 50 other people, after a tip-off that the accused firm’s employee, Savira Kaur, who was evading arrested, was camping at Orbit Overseas, another immigration firm.
Saini had also informed cops, but even before they arrived, he rushed into the Orbit office and started arguing with Savira there.
When the cops arrived, they took Savira into custody. But Orbit office bearers filed a complaint against Saini, saying he had stolen Rs 3 lakh cash and three passports. Minutes later, as Saini was talking to mediapersons about the incident, a group of five to six men pounced on him and beat him up.
The assaulters allegedly dragged Saini on the road and left him unconscious.
Saini’s friends, including Amritsar-based Congress leader Rohit Verma, held a protest against the incident and said the cops, instead of rushing him to hospital, took him to the bus stand police post.
They said Saini regained consciousness but fainted while giving a statement to the police post in-charge Major Singh. Saini’s friends said the cops again did not help in shifting him to hospital and offered a vehicle only after being pressed.
Saini was later admitted to the Civil Hospital.
The protest ended only after the police recorded Saini’s statement at the hospital and assured his friends that an FIR will be filed.
A police officer told HT that the case will be investigated and an FIR will be registered on Friday.