Uneasy calm prevailed in Talwandi Sabo assembly constituency on Wednesday following a clash between supporters of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) at Jaga Ram Tirath village and tension in Shekhpura village.
A clash broke out between AAP and SAD supporters at Jaga Ram Tirath village, the native village of AAP candidate Baljinder Kaur, who alleged that Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) member from Muktsar district Dayal Singh Kolianwali, along with other SAD workers, attacked her and her driver Gurbaksh Singh in the village in the morning.
In a complaint to the police, she alleged that Kolianwali, along with SAD supporters, was intimidating the village residents against voting for her and she noticed it as she was returning from a local gurdwara.
"I informed the district administration officials about this and waited for some time so that any official could check it. But, as none of the officials arrived there, I intervened and urged Kolianwali not to indulge in such activities," she said.
"Meanwhile, Punjab Police security guards accompanying Koliwanwali, tried to attack me, and, as my driver intervened, he was beaten up by the guards. The driver was later taken to a hospital at Talwandi Sabo," she alleged.
Later, AAP leader Jarnail Singh submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner-cum- district election officer Basant Garg, demanding registration of an FIR against Kolianwali and his supporters. He also asked the DC to ensure that no outsider was present in the constituency.
On the other hand, three of the SAD supporters, admitted to a hospital, alleged that supporters of the AAP had attacked them in the morning. When asked about the incident, Jaspal Singh, Sukhpal Singh and Jagtara Singh said that jathedar Kolianwali had come to meet an ailing person in the village, but AAP supporters, who came in two cars, attacked them.
However, deputy commissioner-cum-district electoral officer Basant Garg said that a team, led by the returning officer, has inquired into the matter and it has emerged that no outsider was present in the village at the time of the incident. When told that injured SAD supporters have admitted that Kolianwali was present in the village, Garg said that the matter can be inquired into later.