Man dies of heart attack in voter queue at Ghagga in Patiala

Eyewitnesses said Mahinder suddenly collapsed and fell unconscious around 12.30pm. Sukhbir Badal claimed he was an Akali worker, and blamed Congress for death.

punjab Updated: Dec 17, 2017 21:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Patiala
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A 70-year-old man, Mahinder Singh, died of heart attack while in a voters’ queue during the nagar panchayat polls in Ghagga near here on Sunday. He was rushed to a nearby private hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.

Eyewitnesses said Mahinder, a resident of ward number 12, was standing in a queue to cast his vote, when he suddenly collapsed and fell unconscious around 12.30pm.

SHO Gurmeet Singh of Ghagga police station said the family told police that Mahinder, who was a driver, was an asthma patient and was ill for past two days. “The family have cremated his body, but the police have collected his initial medical reports, in which it was clearly mentioned that Mahinder died of cardiac arrest,” he said. The SHO said that Mahinder had no overt political affiliation.

On the other hand, giving political colour to the incident, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal tweeted the man’s photo and wrote, “Punjab Congress campaign of repression and atrocities to win civic polls using police force to target Akali candidates led to the death of veteran Akali worker Mahinder Singh in Ghagga in Sangrur district today. This is murder of democracy.”

First Published: Dec 17, 2017 20:54 IST