Statements of witnesses recorded in AAP's 'buying of votes'

  • Raghbir Singh Brar, Hindustan Times, Muktsar
  • Updated: May 06, 2014 23:46 IST

The two people from the Kauni village, who had allegedly shot a video on the day of polling allegedly showing an SGPC members along with some Akali workers buying votes in the village and others, on Tuesday, gave their statements in writing to Rambir Singh, additional deputy commissioner (development), who was entrusted with an inquiry into the incident by the deputy commissioner Paramjit Singh on Sunday.

"I submitted my statement in writing to the office of the additional deputy commissioner on Tuesday. The Akali workers were buying votes in the village for `500 on the day of polling at the house of one block samiti member and Navtej Singh Kauni, who is the SGPC member from the village was present there along with a policeman.

I want that the audio and video shot by me should be thoroughly investigated and action should be taken against those found guilty in the alleged violation of rules," claimed the person who had shot one video clip.

He has mentioned four people by name, besides the SGPC member.

"The SGPC member appears for just a second in the 4:33- minute video clip, but his photo is not clear as he was sitting inside the room. I want it to verify and match the entire audio and video clip, but the authorities are laying emphasis on the inaccuracy of the date and time of the video clip which was according to the original setting of the spy camera I had used," claimed the person who, had claimed to have carried out the sting operation.

"The second video was made by another person and he has also recorded his statement on Tuesday," he said.

"We have demanded that the SDM, who had reached the spot after the incident, should be suspended and the district administration should ensure a fair inquiry into the incident. We have also submitted in writing that if any harm is caused to anyone involved in the incident, the district administration would be responsible for it," said Avineet Goyal, a member of the AAP from Muktsar.

But, the AAP workers, who had demanded a fair inquiry into the alleged incident, are not much satisfied with the action so far. "The written statements of the concerned have been submitted to the office of the additional deputy commissioner, but we are not satisfied with the action so far," said Devinder Singh, a member of the AAP, who also present in the office of the ADC.

"Though the authorities have assured us action, yet they hinted that it would take too long. We also want that the authorities should find out who is the Sahib whom the SDM had referred to," said Devinder Singh.

"If the action is delayed or there is an attempt to dilute it, AAP would chalk out the next course of action," said Sandeep from AAP.

When contacted, Rambir Singh, additional deputy commissioner, said, "The statements of the concerned people were recorded on Tuesday and I shall finalise the report and forward it to the deputy commissioner. The needful action would be taken according to law."

"There is no photo of mine in the first video and it was shot somewhere else. I cannot do this at all. Some people from the village want to defame me out of some personal rivalry and vested interests. Many residents have already stated that no such incident had taken place in the village," said Navtej Singh Kauni, SGPC member from the village.

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