A block-level senior Congress leader Roop Singh, 51, was seriously injured in post-poll violence when some people entered his residence and opened fire on him in the Sangatpura village under Baghapurana police station, 34 km from here on Tuesday early morning. Though the police have registered a case against four senior Akali leaders, including a former sarpanch, and two nephews of SGPC member Gurmail Singh Sangatpura, however, no arrest has been made so far in this connection.
Baldev Kaur, wife of the injured Congress leader, said that the family rushed her husband immediately to the Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital at Faridkot where doctors of the emergency ward referred him to the PGI, Chandigarh, due to his critical condition.
"As soon as the culprits entered their premises, they started firing and, while my husband fell on the floor after bullets hit his chest, arms and legs, they fled from the spot. The culprits also threatened other members of the family that they will come again and teach another lesson to them in the future very soon," Baldev Kaur told the police in her statement.
After receiving information of the attack, the district administration deployed heavy police force in Sangatpura under the supervision of senior superintendent of police (SSP) S Bhupthi. The police barricaded all the roads of the area for nabbing the culprits as well as recovering the arms used for attack but without any success so far.
The police said investigations were on to ascertain the cause of the attack and search was on for the culprits.
It may be mentioned here that on the day of polling, the police had registered a criminal case against Congress leaders Dilbagh Singh Bhau, Roop Singh, Zora Singh, Ginda Singh and Tarsem Singh, all residents of Sangatpura, after workers of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Congress had pelted stones at each other and used wooden sticks during a scuffle following a dispute on the casting of a vote at Sangatpura. Now the police were investigating the entire matter in view of the latest attack.
According to police, Jaswinder Singh, son of the SGPC member Gurmail Singh, had been injured while Congress workers had allegedly attacked him on the polling day.
Jatinder Singh, station house officer (SHO) of Baghapurana police station, said that Baldev Kaur told the police that several armed people, including local Akali leaders, allegedly attacked her husband while members of the family were sleeping in the courtyard of their house.
When contacted, Balwinder Singh, deputy superintendent of police (DSP) said, "A case has been registered against ex-sarpanch Sukhdev Singh of Sangatpura, Inderjit Singh, Swaran Singh and panchayat member Jagsir Singh under sections 307, 457, 148, 149 of IPC and 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act at the Baghapurana police station.
"We have sent assistant sub-inspector Jagsir Singh to the PGI, Chandigarh, for recording the statement of Roop Singh also. Further investigation is underway," the DSP added.