At repoll,cops lathicharge Sidhu’s supporter

The police on Thursday lathicharged Baldev Raj Bagga,a BJP leader and supporter of party MP Navjot Singh Sidhu,when he allegedly picked up a scuffle with the police personnel on duty.

Written by Express News Service | Amritsar | Published:February 3, 2012 3:33 am

The police on Thursday lathicharged Baldev Raj Bagga,a BJP leader and supporter of party MP Navjot Singh Sidhu,when he allegedly picked up a scuffle with the police personnel on duty. He was reportedly “adamant to wait inside polling booth number 76” in Amritsar East constituency,where a repoll was underway.

Bagga,the husband of a BJP councillor,allegedly abused a police gunman after being forced out of the polling booth. Following this,he was beaten up by the police. “Bagga was levelling baseless allegations that fake voting was taking place. When given a chance to corroborate his allegations,he could not prove it and instead started misbehaving with the police. He also abused one of our gunmen,forcing us to use some force against him,” said Maqboolpura SHO Ashwani Kumar. “He was neither a voter in the polling booth nor the election agent. We first asked him to stand in queue if he was a voter or leave the polling booth. But he started misbehaving with us,” the SHO said.

Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu is locked in a triangular contest from Amritsar East with Congress candidate Sunil Dutti and Congress rebel Simerpreet Kaur Bhatia,who is contesting as an Independent.

The repoll at booth number 76 was ordered following a technical problem — the polling staff did not clear the mock poll data. With 672 voters casting their votes against the total number of 974 voters,68.9 per cent votes were polled in the repoll.

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