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Patiala SAD unit press secretaryarrested on charges of extortion

punjab Updated: Nov 19, 2013 23:42 IST
HT Correspondent

Much to the embarrassment of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leadership, party's Patiala unit press secretary Sukhjit Singh Baghora was arrested by police alleged on Tuesday for extortion and threatening a woman.

SHO at the Tripari police station Shaminder Singh said complainant Satpal Kaur alleged there was a rift between her son Harcharanvir Singh and daughter-in-law Balwinder Kaur over some issue for past many months.

Balwinder had also slapped a case against Satpal for compensation, as she was living separately in a rented accommodation, said police.

The SHO said in the meantime, the accused, Sukhjit, tried to act as middleman and offered complainant to execute reconciliation between her son and daughter-in-law.

“Sukhjit demanded `10,000 for reconciling them following which he started pressurising me to stick with his deal. When I refused, he barged into my house, assaulted me, and threatened me of dire consequences,” Satpal said.

The accused Sukhjit is purportedly a protégé of rural and panchayat development minister Surjit Singh Rakhra.

A case against Sukhjit has been registered under Sections 323 (punishment for causing injuries voluntarily), 384 (punishment for extortion), 451 (house-trespass in order to commit offence) and 511 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) act.