The AAP’s Punjab Bachao rally on Saturday turned ugly after clashes broke out between SAD and party workers in Muktsar’s Malaut town.
Workers from both the sides suffered minor injuries as they hurled stones and chairs at each other and even damaged window panes of a few cars nearby. Later, AAP workers blocked traffic on NH-10 demanding an FIR against SAD workers.
Narinder Pal, in-charge of Lambi constituency of AAP, said, “SAD workers disrupted our rally and attacked us. In a democratic set up every one has the right to say his or her words and hence they cannot gag our voice.” The rally was called off around 6pm after SP operations Barlaj Sidhu assured that an FIR will be lodged.
AAP, in their complaint, stated that five of their workers were admitted in Adesh Hospital, Muktsar and one Sukjinder Singh Udaikaran, who suffered a head injury, is still serious.
Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann in a video posted on Facebook stated, “The attack was against me and our party will now decide the next step … Our party will conduct a meeting tonight and we will decide as what to do next. We can’t risk lives of our workers. We want strict action against goons of Akalis.”
In the complaint, AAP workers gave names of 12 SAD workers along with visual “evidence”. Malaut candidate Principal Baldev Azad said if an FIR was not lodged against the accused on Sunday, they would protest.
The SAD, on the other hand, blamed AAP for injuries on their workers.
Talking to The Sunday Express, SSP Gurpreet Singh Gill said, “Workers of both parties have been injured in this clash. After taking statements from both sides, we will take the necessary police action.”
Earlier, the rally ended abruptly after clash broke out. Mann and Azad managed to escape unhurt with help of police.
The rally was in support of Azad in which Mann was made the main speaker.
However, as soon as Mann started reciting a satirical poem targeting the entire Badal family, some in the crowd protested, leading to the clash.