Gurgaon civic polls: Family attacked ‘not supporting’ re-election of ward councillor
The victims said the attackers had threatened them to vote for the independent candidate instead of the candidate of their choosing.
Two days after the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) election results were declared, a family in Ghata village, which falls in Ward 30, was attacked for allegedly not supporting an independent candidate, who was elected the councillor.
The victims said the attackers had also threatened them to vote for the independent candidate instead of the candidate of their choosing.
The incident took place in the early hours on Tuesday. It has been alleged that a group of 50 people had gathered outside the residence of Boken family in Ghata village.
The victims said that five to six people forcefully entered their house and started thrashing them with iron rods and bamboo sticks. They said that the attack came as a surprise and they did not even have time to react, to seek the help of their neighbours or the police.
Ten Singh Boken said, “My brother’s son Sohit received severe injuries to his head and his mother was also injured. They were sent to Civil Hospital by the police later for urgent medical treatment. My wife and I received internal injuries. The four of us had just woken up and were sitting in the courtyard when the attackers barged into the house.”
Singh, in his complaint to the police, alleged that the attack was perpetrated by the family of Mahesh Dayma, the newly elected councillor of the ward. Dayma was the councillor from the area in the previous term as well.
“We did not support Dayma in the MCG elections held on Sunday. We did not hide this fact but it does not mean that his supporters and family members can attack us. We were taken by surprise and someone from the neighbourhood called the police,” said Boken.
Dayma, however, denied allegations. “We are aware of the fight and the police complaint but it will be alright. I will not comment anything more on the issue,” said Dayma.
Dayma defeated Deepak Sharma of BJP by a margin of 1,357 votes.
Following the attack, tension gripped the village.
Arvind Kumar, station house officer, Sector 56 police station, said, “We have lodged an FIR and an investigation is underway. Appropriate action will be taken.”
An eyewitness to the attack told Hindustan Times that top police officers rushed to the spot with a large force following the incident. “The incident took place between 7.30am and 8am. The attackers left only after the ACP reached the spot and threatened action. Personnel were posted on duty for the day,” the witness said.