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Minister Maluka, his men ‘manhandle, abuse’ cop on duty at Modi’s Bathinda rally

Kanwaljeet Singh said, “I was at the gate along with other cops. As Maluka arrived , the driver brought his car right in front of the gate. I told them that they need to park the car at the parking place and will have to walk from there. The driver didn’t stop the vehicle and almost tried to run me over. I had to jump aside to save myself.”

punjab Updated: Nov 26, 2016 10:10 IST
Sachin Sharma
Constable Kanwaljeet Singh who deputed at the gate of the venue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Bathinda on Friday.
Constable Kanwaljeet Singh who deputed at the gate of the venue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Bathinda on Friday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)

Punjab rural development and panchayats minister Sikander Singh Maluka courted a controversy on Friday by allegedly threatening and abusing a cop.

Constable Kanwaljeet Singh was deputed at the gate of the venue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally here. It is learnt that when Maluka’s car stopped in front of the gate, the cop asked the driver to park it in the parking area. Following this, Maluka and his men allegedly manhandled the cop and also threatened him.

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Kanwaljeet Singh said, “I was at the gate along with other cops. As Maluka arrived , the driver brought his car right in front of the gate. I told them that they need to park the car at the parking place and will have to walk from there. The driver didn’t stop the vehicle and almost tried to run me over. I had to jump aside to save myself.”

He alleged that Maluka came out of the vehicle and “threatened” him while the minister’s men “manhandled” him. He added that he would file a complaint in this regard with chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Maluka denied the allegations and said he did not interfere in the matter. “Cops sometimes have to stop people to perform their duties but nothing as alleged happened,” he said.

CONG SLAMS MINISTER

The Congress condemned the incident and termed it as the minister’s “high-handedness”. It also demanded an immediate probe and action against Maluka.

“The cop was only doing his duty by asking the minister to park his car on the other side, as part of the security arrangements at the venue,” Congress leaders Manpreet Singh Badal, Ajaib Singh Bhatti and Gurpreet Singh Kangar said in a statement.

“Maluka not only used foul language against the policeman, who was merely doing his job, but also tried to run him over. Reports suggest that the minister also threatened to slap the policeman,” they said.