Ink attack on Rajkumar Saini: Five accused sent to judicial custody

The incident took place on October 16 in Kurukshetra after Saini was coming out of the dharamshala where he addressed a gathering.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: October 20, 2016 5:44 am

THE FIVE persons accused of throwing ink on Kurukshetra MP Rajkumar Saini and roughing him up were on Wednesday sent to judicial custody till November 2. Protests were held at several places against registration of case of attempt to murder against them by the police.

The incident took place on October 16 in Kurukshetra after Saini was coming out of the dharamshala where he addressed a gathering.

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Four of the accused, including Saurav, Praveen, Sandeep and Harikesh, were caught by Saini’s supporters and beaten up before being handed over to the police. The fifth accused, Jitender, managed to escape . He surrendered at the police station the next day. All five belong to Budana village in Hisar district.

Police had registered a case under Sections 148, 149, 153-A, 307, 323, 504 and 120 B of the IPC against them. As per the police, the five came to Kurukshetra a day before the incident. Sandeep, who is a lawyer by profession, is stated to be the main accused. Police said from 2005 till now, as many as 11 cases under different sections were registered against one of Sandeep. The Special Investigation Team constituted by SP Kurukshetra Simerdeep Singh has also found that three of the accused changed their mobile phones 19 to 22 times.

Meanwhile, members of the Akhil Bharatiya Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (ABJASS) have raised the demand that a case be registered against Saini and his supporters for beating the four accused.

President of ABJASS Yash Pal Malik said office-bearers of 20 districts met the Kurukshetra SP Tuesday and sought registration of an FIR against Saini and his supporters. “The four youth were beaten up and have received injuries. We will be submitting an application for registration of an FIR against Saini. The BJP should initiate action against him and dismiss him from the party. Otherwise, we will make it an election issue against the BJP in UP, Uttarakhand and Punjab. The BJP will not get support of Jats in these elections. The party has been making promises about reservation but nothing has been done,” he said.

Malik said there have been similar incidents in other places as well, however, the accused have never been booked under such stringent sections.