Ludhiana youth loses kite fight to 13-year-old, attacks his family with sharp weapons
Lohri lawlessness: 65-year-old man, son, daughter-in-law suffer injuries; onlookers witness attack as mute spectators as lone woman takes on attackers.punjab Updated: Jan 17, 2018 15:40 IST
Peeved with his string having been cut down in kite fighting, a youth, accompanied by around 20 men, attacked his neighbours with sharp-edged weapons and sticks in Field Gunj on Sunday night.
The attack left a 65-year-old man, his son and his daughter-in-law with multiple injuries. The assailants managed to flee the scene, leaving a scooter and some weapons behind. Furious over poor security in the neighbourhood, the victim, along with their supporters, staged a protest after the attack, by blocking the Old Jail road.
The complainant, Charanjit Singh told the police, that during kite fighting on Lohri, his 13-year-old son had cut down the kite string of their neighbour Mani Singh. Irked by his drubbing, the youth started hurling abuses at his son. When they intervened, Mani barged into their home and assaulted his family members, injuring his sister Manpreet Kaur, he alleged.
Charanjit claimed they filed a complaint on Jan 13, and cops called in Mani to the police station. But bowing to his political backing, they released him without taking any action.
He added that on Sunday night, Mani accompanied by around 20 accomplices again intruded in his house and attacked his family members with sharp-edged weapons and sticks, leaving him, his father Ramesh Singh and wife Kulwinder Kaur injured.
He said even as they cried for help, none of their neighbours or onlookers came to their aid. It was only when Kulwinder single-handedly took on the attackers, some bystanders came forward to help them. Sensing a retaliation, Mani and his aides fled into the narrow lanes of the locality, leaving a vehicle on the road.
The family sounded the police immediately after the attack. Cops took the victims to the civil hospital, where they were discharged after first-aid.
Assistant commissioner of police (ACP, North) Sachin Gupta said they deployed heavy police force in the area to avoid any untoward incident after the victims staged a protest on Sunday night. The family was pacified with assurance of swift police action, following which they lifted the demonstration, he added.
He added that they had charged Mani and his accomplices with attempt to murder, and investigators were working to trace and arrest them.