Though the polling day witnessed some clashes in villages of Mansa and Bathinda districts, yet the police of both the districts have failed to take note of the violence in which some Congressmen were injured and admitted to hospitals. The police have registered no case so far.
The people injured during the violence and admitted to hospitals and other Congress workers and leaders have accused the police of bias and being a puppet in the hands of the government and not acting against the guilty SAD supporters.
In the Mansa Kalan village of Bathinda district, former Congress sar panch Balwant Singh Kaka’s brother Balwinder Singh Jatana and his son Iqbal Singh have been injured and admitted to the civil hospital in Bathinda.
“The police have refused to register a case and doctors here under pressure are yet to make an MLR report about the patients. If any action is not taken till Friday mor ning, we would stage a protest against the state gover nment demanding the suspension of Bathinda SSP,” said Bathinda Youth Congress chief Khushbaj Singh Jatana.
Similarly, three sisters of Congress worker Baba Pal Singh were thrashed by the Akalis when they attempted to save their brother in the Samao village of the Mansa district while in Gurnekala village of Budhlada assembly segment, Bikkar Singh and Gamdoor Singh were injured and admitted to Budhlada civil hospital but no case has been registered.
Jaijeet Johal, Congress incharge of Mansa, and brotherin-law of Manpreet Badal said, “The police refused to register a case and instead threatened our workers to book them if they did not reach a compromise. Our workers have been badly injured but no policeman has come to take the victim’s statement. I had met DSP and SSP of Mansa but all in vain.”
SSP of Mansa Bikrampal Singh Bhatti claimed that no case of violence has come to his knowledge but, when told of certain cases, he said, “We will register a case after investigations. How can we refuse registration of a complaint or FIR. We are doing our job.”