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Woman sarpanch assaulted; panch among persons booked

A woman sarpanch of Bajda village was allegedly assaulted with sticks and a baseball bat after she tried to stop an "illegal" construction on the panchayat land. Gurbaksh Kaur (52), who was admitted to Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital here after the alleged assault on Thursday, was discharged on Saturday.

punjab Updated: Mar 10, 2012 22:22 IST
HT Live Correspondent

A woman sarpanch of Bajda village was allegedly assaulted with sticks and a baseball bat after she tried to stop an "illegal" construction on the panchayat land.

Gurbaksh Kaur (52), who was admitted to Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital here after the alleged assault on Thursday, was discharged on Saturday.

Meharban police have registered a case against panchayat member Vijay Kumar, Jaswinder Singh, Joga Singh, his wife Harbans Kaur, son Happy and other accomplices.

Gurbaksh said, "After I got to know of the illegal construction on the panchayat land, I rushed to the spot. Panchayat member Vijay Kumar was present there with his accomplices. When I asked them to stop the work, they started assaulting me."

She added, "I cried for help and the villagers started gathering, so the accused fled."
The villagers informed the police and took Gurbaksh to the hospital.

The accused had claimed that the land belonged to them. Sources said revenue officers were expected to come to the village to verify whether the land belonged to the panchayat or to the accused.

Meanwhile, Gurbaksh Kaur's son Gurjit Singh alleged that the police was hand-in-glove with the accused. He said the police already knew about the land, but had failed to take action.

"A case has been registered against the accused and we are conducting raids for arresting them," said Inspector Suchha Singh, SHO, Meharban police station.