Some unidentified persons on Saturday attacked Mohinder Singh Brar, a senior Akali leader and the husband of newly-elected municipal councillor Darshan Kaur Brar from ward 46 of the city when he was in a meeting at the new grain market here.
Brar claimed that the attackers allegedly snatched Rs 10,500 from him. The police said 20-25 persons came to the meeting venue and assaulted Brar with wooden sticks, baseball bats and other sharp-edged weapons. The SAD leader sustained serious injuries on his left arm and other parts of the body. The police recorded his statement.
"Some passersby came forward to stop the miscreants, but to no avail. When the shopkeepers of the grain market challenged them they fled from the spot," said Brar.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Jatinder Singh Khaira said, "As soon as shopkeepers informed the police, a team of the police reached the spot. Brar was rushed to the local Dr Mathura Dass Pahwa civil hospital. A case has been registered against unidentified people under various sections of the IPC. Further investigations are on in this connection."
Even as the Akali leader was admitted to the emergency ward of a local hospital for treatment, he was taken to the local PWD rest house and paraded in front of the Punjab PWD minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon who was the in-charge for Moga municipal corporation election to prove majority for the mayoral post.
State agriculture minister Jathedar Tota Singh and local MLA Joginder Pal Jain are at loggerheads over the issue of the mayor's post in the city. Both groups are accusing each other of relying on the support of dissidents who were expelled from the party for jumping into the fray as independents against party's official candidates.
While MLA Jain is pitching his son Akshit Jain for the mayor's seat, the Punjab Health System Corporation chairman Barjinder Singh Brar, the son of Tota Singh, is opposing the claims of Jain's son for the mayoral seat.
While Tota is mainly banking on the support of independent councilors, Jain is relying on Akalis on 32 SAD-BJP candidates put together.