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FIR against freedom fighter’s grandson on JJ Singh’s complaint

The army teaches you how to take revenge. Gen JJ Singh (retd) did the same in Patiala, though it was on the battleground of ballots this time

punjab Updated: Feb 10, 2017 16:25 IST
Vishal Rambani
Vishal Rambani
Hindustan times, Patiala
Gen JJ Singh,freedom fighter,Shiromani Akali Dal
Gen JJ Singh (retd)(HT File )

The army teaches you how to take revenge. Gen JJ Singh (retd) did the same in Patiala, though it was on the battleground of ballots this time.

After the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) workers and leaders, it was the turn of the grandson of a freedom fighter to fall in line of fire of the former army chief.

Gen Singh, who was fielded by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) against Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh in Patiala assembly constituency, has lodged an FIR against Capt Amarjit Singh (retd), grandson of freedom fighter Sewa Singh Thikriwala, for stopping him from garlanding the latter’s statue during his election campaign on January 24.

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He lodged a complaint at the Civil Lines police station under Sections 341 (wrongful restraint) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

In his complaint, Gen Singh alleged that he was carrying out a cycle rally during his campaign and on the way he wanted to pay tributes to Thikriwala, but the accused stopped him from garlanding the freedom fighter’s statue.

“Amarjit had threatened me to score some brownie points. He was doing it at the behest of Capt Amarinder Singh. A freedom fighter belongs to the country, not to a family. He wrongly restrained me from paying tributes to Thikriwala. He will have to pay the price for his misconduct,” Gen Singh after filing the case.

In fact, the SAD nominee was publicly snubbed by Captain Amarjit, who had accused the former of using the statue of Thikriwala for political gains. After a verbal duel, the Gen Singh put the garland on the outer boundary wall of monument.

ASI Surinder Kumar, who is investigating the matter, said an FIR had been registered, but no arrest had been made. “Police will probe the matter and then take further action,” he added.

When contacted, Capt Amarjit said he had no information about the FIR, but had heard that the general had lodged a complaint. “I have no regret over the incident. I stopped him from taking political mileage by paying tributes at the statue of my grandfather during the election campaign. It was my duty and I did it with full honesty,” he said.

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First Published: Feb 09, 2017 21:33 IST