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Student factions clash in front of Captain's residence in Patiala, Congress blames SAD

Two groups of the same student outfit, 'Azad Group', clashed with each other when one of them was on its way to join Congress at New Motibagh Palace in the presence of Captain Amarinder Singh's wife and Patiala legislator Preneet Kaur.

punjab Updated: Dec 17, 2016 18:55 IST
Amarinder Singh

Police outside Captain Amarinder’s residence in Patiala on Friday.(Bharat Bhushan/ HT)

Two groups of the same student outfit, 'Azad Group', clashed with each other when one of them was on its way to join Congress at New Motibagh Palace in the presence of Captain Amarinder Singh's wife and Patiala legislator Preneet Kaur.

Some members of the group who were against the bond attacked with swords and other weapons. The attackers also pelted stones and soda bottles on the joiners. Preneet, who was returning home after election campaign at the time of the incident, also got caught up in the clash as cars in her convoy were too pelted. After alighting from the car, she was rushed inside the house.

 One person was reported to be injured and taken to Rajindra Hospital for the treatment, while three people were arrested.

Jaswinder Singh alias Jassa, leader of the joiners, alleged that it was their constitutional right to extend support to any political party and they were just going to do that when the attack took place.

Preneet said it was out of frustration that SAD sent a group of goons to stop a section of the students’ group from joining the Congress.

"I am aware that some of the police officials have been handpicked by the halqa in-charge to foment trouble and disturb the Congress campaign", she further said.

She said she has spoken to a senior police official and urged for an action against the miscreants.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Gurmeet Singh Chauhan said suitable action against the responsible culprits will be taken to maintain the peace in the region.