On DSGMC poll eve, liquor seized from gurdwara, Sarna relative’s house
Liquor was seized from a number of places, including from a gurdwara, on the eve of voting for the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), on Saturday.india Updated: Feb 25, 2017 22:46 IST
Liquor was seized from a number of places, including from a gurdwara, on the eve of voting for the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), on Saturday.
Such a seizure was made from a house in West Punjabi Bagh owned by a relative of Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) president Paramjit Singh Sarna, who is contesting from the Punjabi Bagh segment. Sarna, who is hoping to come back to power by unseating the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), said the liquor was for the family’s personal consumption.
The family, Sarna said, owns businesses and is based in Asansol, West Bengal, and also has a house in Delhi.
“They are here to support me in the polls, and the search of their house at the behest of Manjinder Singh Sirsa (general secretary of outgoing DSGMC) is unfair. I demand a search of Sirsa’s house too, because huge quantity of liquor is stored in his house,” Sarna told HT. Elections officials denied having searched the house of Sarna’s relative. Sirsa, a SAD (Badal) candidate, is contesting against Sarna and lives in the same neighbourhood where Sarna and his relatives live.
Sirsa told HT that he got information that the Sarna camp was storing liquor in a relative’s house, and when he reached outside the house the information proved true, as liquor was transported in a Bolero vehicle. “It is shameful that in polls for a religious body liquor was distributed,” he said.
Reports of liquor seizure from other places including in Hari Nagar was also reported. Police said six boxes of liquor were sized from the gurdwara in Vivek Vihar of East Delhi after residents complained.
Director, gurdwara elections, Shurbir Singh said a report was being compiled. He said also said that two cases under the Excise Act were registered, but no arrest was made so far.
SAD (Badal) found distributing buckets, their poll symbol
Shurbir Singh also informed that candidates of SAD (Badal) were found distributing buckets — which is their poll symbol — among voters. “We have registered a case and have also seized a large number of buckets that were to be distributed among voters,” he said.
He added that, keeping in view the law and order situation, the number of hyper-sensitive polling stations was increased to 63 and sensitive to 116. Earlier the number was 56 and 111, respectively. Most of these polling stations are located in West Delhi.
Polling will take place from 8 am to 5 pm at 560 polling stations across Delhi. Counting will take place on March 1.
Special branch on look out for Zaffarwal
The special branch of Delhi Police was on the lookout for Wassan Singh Zaffarwal, a one-time chief of terrorist outfit Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) who was camping in Delhi’s Patel Nagar area in support of candidates of SAD (Delhi). Zaffarwal had told HT that he was in Delhi to support like-minded people.
Sources said the special branch checked some hotels in the area to locate Zaffarwal, without success. “All outsiders camping in Delhi for the campaign should move out. The orders are very clear,” said Shurbir.
Also, Mohkam Singh, one-time close associate of slain militant preacher Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, was also camping in Delhi to support of candidates of the Sarna group; but he returned to Punjab a week ago.
First Published: Feb 25, 2017 22:28 IST