9 Akali MLAs booked for trying to confront Haryana CM outside assembly
Nine Shiromani Akali Dal MLAs, including former Punjab ministers Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and Bikram Singh Majithia, were on Tuesday booked for trying to confront Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar in the Vidhan Sabha complex on March 10. The Punjab MLAs were demanding that the Haryana government should pass a resolution against the three agricultural laws passed by the BJP-led Centre.
Acting on the complaint of a marshal of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha secretariat on March 13, Chandigarh Police registered the case against Dhillon, Majithia, Baldev Singh Khaira, Sukhwinder Kumar, Harinder Pal Singh Chandumajra, Kanwarjit Singh Barkandi, Manpreet Singh Ayali, Gurpartap Singh Wadala and Narinder Kumar Sharma.
“We have registered a case on the complaint against the SAD leaders,” said Kuldeep Singh Chahal, senior superintendent of police, Chandigarh. The case was registered in the Sector 3 police station under Sections 186 (whoever voluntarily obstructs any public servant in the discharge of his public functions), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341(wrongful restraint) and 511 (attempts to commit offences) of the Indian Penal Code.
According to the complaint, Khattar was giving a press briefing on the day’s session outside the assembly when the nine SAD MLAs, accompanied by six-seven people with black stripes protested and tried to confront him. The MLAs raised slogans such as “Khattar-Modi kisan virodhi”.
The security staff of the Vidhan Sabha and Haryana Police intervened and prevented the situation from worsening.
Haryana DGP sets up inquiry to fix accountability
Haryana director general of police (DGP) Manoj Yadava has also constituted a team of police officials to fix responsibility for the attempt to attack chief minister ML Khattar in the Vidhan Sabha complex on March 10.
The team, comprising inspector general, security, Haryana, Saurabh Singh, Chandigarh superintendent of police Kuldeep Singh and Punjab official GS Chauhan, will look into the sequence of events, fix responsibility and suggest measures to avert such unsavoury episodes in future.
Haryana Speaker Gian Chand Gupta had registered strong objection with his Punjab counterpart Rana KP Singh after the incident.