PPP chief's son, friends accused of assault
Arjun Badal, 18-year-old son of People's Party of Punjab (PPP) chief Manpreet Badal, along with his friends and guards allegedly entered into brawl at a Sector 22 hotel in the wee hours of Sunday.chandigarh Updated: Mar 11, 2013 21:03 IST
Arjun Badal, 18-year-old son of People's Party of Punjab (PPP) chief Manpreet Badal, along with his friends and guards allegedly entered into brawl at a Sector 22 hotel in the wee hours of Sunday.
The incident took place around 3:00am at hotel Sunbeam, where Arjun Badal and his friends, identified as Fateh Singh and Ahsas Bhullar, who claims to be son of top Punjab police official, allegedly in inebriated condition thrashed 25-year-old Harivansh Singh.
In his complaint to police, Harivansh Singh, who works with a city-based private company, said he along with his three friends, including two girls, had gone to the hotel for a get-together.
Harivansh maintained that Arjun Badal and his friends knew his male friend and joined them. Arjun and his friends were allegedly under the influence of liquor and started misbehaving. Harivansh alleged that they threatened to throw him off the roof of the hotel after he objected to their behavior and an altercation ensued.
Arjun and his friends left the hotel and returned with four armed personal security guards who were wearing Punjab Police uniform. They allegedly attacked Harivansh, who claimed that the security guards held him while Arjun and his friends repeatedly hit and kicked him on the head and other parts of the body.
They also threatened to kill him by throwing him off the roof of the three-storey building. They tore off Harivansh's shirt and he received cuts and bruises on head as well as body.
They also allegedly manhandled the female companions of the complainant. The common friend of Arjun and Harivansh also received injury on nose when he tried to intervene.
Arjun and his friends fled the spot with the guards after the girls raised a hue and cry and one of them called police.
Harivansh underwent a medical test at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Sector 16 and lodged a complaint at the Sector-22 police post.
DSP (centre) Ashish Kapoor said they have received the complaint and have started investigation. He added that the complainant has suffered minor injuries and Arjun Badal and his friends have been summoned to join investigation on Monday.
Arjun Badal is a high school student at Choate Rosemary Hall, Connecticut, US. He is visiting his home state during the school break. Arjun made his debut as writer with a book, 'Subera', which was released in Chandigarh on March 9. Through the book, he has made an attempt to bust popular myths about Punjab that it is not all about liquor-crazy people who drive SUVs.
First Published: Mar 11, 2013 21:01 IST