Nine injured as two Akali factions clash in Tarn Taran village
Nine persons owing allegiance to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) sustained injuries following a clash between two groups in Mianawala village near Khem Karan on Wednesday.punjab Updated: May 15, 2013 21:58 IST
Nine persons owing allegiance to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) sustained injuries following a clash between two groups in Mianawala village near Khem Karan on Wednesday.
Six injured belonged to a group led by village sarpanch Mohar Singh, who was injured along with his supporters, namely Jagwant Singh, Jarnail Singh, Manjit Singh, Balkar Singh and Sukhdev Singh. They were admitted to the government health centre at Khem Karan.
Gurvinder Singh, Bakshish Singh and Gurmail Singh from the other group were among the injured. It was learnt that Gurvinder, though an Akali supporter, did not get along well with Mohar Singh and was projecting himself as the next sarpanch.
Bhikhiwind DSP Dilbagh Singh said that both the groups had lodged complaints against each other over the registration of 'bogus' voters in the village. A panchayat secretary and another official had gone to the village to verify the claims and counter- claims made by the two groups.
The DSP said that the two groups scuffled while the officials were in the process of verifying the claims. Both sides used swords, rods and bricks in the fracas, injuring the nine persons in the process.
Police said that both groups were supporting the same SAD candidates in the zila parishad and block samiti elections, and that the tussle was for the control of the village panchayat, the elections for which were not even announced.
The DSP said police were in the process of recording the statements of members of both the groups as well as eyewitnesses, including the panchayat secretary and his aide. He said that a case would be registered thereafter, indicating that members of both the groups were likely to be booked.