Sukhbir attacked, four damage in firing

Fazilka, February 2

Four persons were injured after gunshots were fired in the Jalalabad tehsil complex where nomination papers were being filed by candidates for the MC elections in the presence of SAD president and MP Sukhbir Singh Badal here this morning.

Guilty must be booked: BJP

State BJP chief Ashwani Sharma said those who attacked Sukhbir should be booked. “BJP leaders were attacked recently and the party warned against such incidents, but the government remained indifferent,” he said.

As tempers ran high, Sukhbir’s car was allegedly pelted with stones. As many as 150 policemen were present in the complex. The violence comes a day after AAP candidates were prevented from filing papers, which were allegedly torn by Congress workers.

CM promises strict action

PPCC president Sunil Jakhar said CM Capt Amarinder Singh had taken a serious note of the violence. “The CM said instructions had been issued to take strict action and a fair probe would be conducted,” Jakhar said.

“Sukhbir was present in the complex today to ensure hassle-free filing of papers by all 17 SAD candidates,” said Ashok Aneja, party’s district president. “As I entered the complex, Congress workers led by Jalalabad MLA Raminder Singh Awla and his son started throwing stones and someone opened fire to assault me. This is an absolute breakdown of law and order and murder of democracy,” Sukhbir said.

A video of the incident later went viral. Congress MLA Awla denied any involvement.

On the statement of Sukhbir’s OSD Satinderjit Singh Manta, a case was registered against 60 unidentified persons. Later, Sukhbir, ex-minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon and party workers staged a sit-in at Udham Singh Chowk. — OC

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