A day after the district police registered a case against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Karanvir Singh Tiwana, the party on Friday alleged that the Shiromani Akali Dal-led government was unleashing terror on AAP workers by registering fake cases against them.
Addressing a press conference here, AAP state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur, said the government was in fact worried over the rise of the AAP in Punjab. So, it was harassing its workers, he added.
The AAP convener said that the party was standing firm by its youth leader Tiwana as it has evidence that reporter Karamjit Randhawa was not injured by the vehicle of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, which was being driven by Tiwana.
He said that it was the police, which manhandled the female reporter, and everything was evident from the video, which is circulating in the media.
He said that there could be a conspiracy to book the AAP leader, as despite having the video footage, the police registered an FIR against him without probing the matter.
“We have sympathy with the reporter, as she is injured. But she has lodged a wrong complaint with the police. It’s a conspiracy as the reporter had accused the police in her initial statement about the incident,” said the AAP convener. There was need to probe the call details of the reporter, as “we have information that someone has misguided her to lodge a complaint,” he added.
He said that not only in Patiala, false cases against AAP workers have been registered at Mansa, Ferozepur and Bathinda districts also. “Unable to contest on political issues, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal is using police for terrorising AAP workers,” said Chhotepur, demanding cancellation of the FIR against Tiwana.
Earlier, Chhotepur, with local AAP leaders, visited Bithaunia village in Ghanaour, where residents were protesting against the poor sanitary conditions caused by poultry farms.