Congress MLA Raminder Awla alleged that Akali supporters initiated the conflict whereas Badal accused Awla of being behind the violence. The SAD additionally demanded Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s resignation over the alleged breakdown of legislation and order within the state
Chandigarh: SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal’s automotive was broken and 4 individuals had been injured on Tuesday in a conflict between Congress and Akali employees throughout submitting of nomination papers for Jalalabad municipal polls in Fazilka district, officers mentioned.
Badal, nonetheless, escaped unharmed within the violence, they mentioned.
Akali Dal Chief and Ferozepur MP Badal and his supporters reached Jalalabad administrative complicated to file nomination types of their occasion nominees for the municipal polls.
In the meantime, Congressmen accompanied by Jalalabad occasion MLA Raminder Awla’s son additionally reached there to file nomination papers of their occasion males, SAD employees claimed.
The two teams bought engaged in a verbal spat and the Congressmen later ‘gheroed’ Badal’s car to oppose him, triggering a violent conflict throughout which the 2 teams pelted stones at one another, police mentioned, including some gunshots too had been fired but it surely was but to be ascertained who fired them.
The two teams additionally attacked one another with sticks, police mentioned, including a number of automobiles, together with Sukhbir’s automotive, had been broken.
Videos of stone-pelting on Sukhbir’s automotive went viral on social media. Police lathi-charged the mob to disperse it.
MLA Raminder Awla, when contacted, accused Akali supporters of initiating the conflict by breaking down the barricades and pushing Congressmen to intimidate them. Akalis fired gun-shots and used sticks, injuring two Congressmen, he alleged.
In his counter-allegation, Badal accused Awla of being behind the violence, including that being a Member of Parliament from the world, he had gone there to spice up the morale of occasion candidates at Jalalabad however the Congressmen attacked his automotive apart from injuring three Akali employees.
Fazilka’s Senior Superintendent of Police Harjit Singh mentioned 4 individuals suffered accidents. One critically injured man was referred to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, he added.
We have managed the scenario and now all of the aspirants are submitting their nomination papers in a peaceable ambiance, the SSP mentioned. Further investigation is occurring and accused can be taken to activity, he added.
Later, whereas addressing employees, Badal lashed on the native Congress MLA in addition to police. He sat on a ‘dharna’ at Shaheed Udham Singh Chowk, demanding the registration of a case in opposition to the responsible.
Meanwhile, SAD condemned the “murderous attack” on Akali employees and Badal by “police-backed Congress goons at Jalalabad and demanded Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s resignation over the alleged breakdown within the legislation and order scenario within the state.
The occasion condemns the murderous assault on Akali employees &on SAD president S. Sukhbir Singh Badal by police- backed Cong goons in Jalalabad. The occasion calls for @capt_amarinder ’s resignation for premeditated try on S. Badal’s life &he full breakdown in legislation&order in Punjab. pic.twitter.com/460NVfTBRb
— Shiromani Akali Dal (@Akali_Dal_) February 2, 2021
In a press release, occasion spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema mentioned, “It seems there was a premeditated attempt on the SAD president’s life and the Jalalabad police was complicit in this crime as it allowed attackers a free run.”
Alleging that the assault loved state patronage, he additionally demanded a high-level judicial inquiry below the supervision of the chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Asserting that democracy was being murdered within the state below Amarinder Singh’s management with criminals ruling the roost, Cheema mentioned the chief minister had misplaced the ethical proper to proceed in his submit.
He ought to put in his papers instantly, the SAD chief asserted whereas accusing the chief minister of being instantly accountable for disturbing the peace and communal concord of the state.
Elections to the eight municipal firms and 109 municipal councils and nagar panchayats in Punjab can be held on 14 February.
Cheema mentioned it was clear now that free and truthful elections couldn’t be held to the municipal our bodies below these circumstances.
“The State Election Commission has also utterly failed to rein in rogue Congress elements. The SAD demands immediate deployment of paramilitary forces in the state as the Punjab police could not be trusted to do its duty. The Ferozepur SSP and all other police officials complicit in this crime should also be proceeded against immediately,” Cheema added.
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