For filing ‘imaginary,false complaint’,police to book Cong MLA Sodhi,his PA

Congress MLA from Guruharsahai Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi and his personal assistant Naseeb Singh will be booked by the Punjab police for allegedly lodging fabricated complaints with the Ferozepur police about them being attacked in scuffle with Akali workers in two separate incidents on May 7.

Written by Express News Service & PTI | Chandigarh | Updated: April 14, 2014 2:22 pm

Congress MLA from Guruharsahai Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi and his personal assistant Naseeb Singh will be booked by the Punjab police for allegedly lodging fabricated complaints with the Ferozepur police about them being attacked in scuffle with Akali workers in two separate incidents on May 7.

Without naming Sodhi,DGP Sumedh Singh Saini told reporters Monday that the sitting MLA from Guruharsahai had “fabricated a story” that Akali activists attacked him. “Police is proceeding against him under Section 182 of IPC for making a false complaint,” he said adding that the MLA made a “purely imaginary and false complaint” to the police about the attack.

“It is unfortunate that men at such responsible positions resort to such things to gather attention,” he said.

Saini said that the MLA in a written complaint to the police had alleged that some Akali activists led by Vardev Singh Mann and Mantu Vohra had accosted him and Congress workers in Chapati village. He had alleged that Mantu put a gun on his temple and shot at him,but he managed to push off the weapon at the last minute.

“A probe has revealed that nothing of this sort had happened…now we will take action against the MLA,” he said,adding that other than the gunmen accompanying Mann and Vohra,the MLAs’ own gunmen deposed before the inquiry officers and said that no gun shots were fired. The police added that since the scuffle took place near a village a host of locals gathered at the spot,but no one heard any shot being fired or saw anyone brandishing a weapon.

He said that police will also book the MLA’s personal assistant (PA) Naseeb Singh,for showing “fabricated injury” on his body and getting himself admitted in a hospital.

“Yes,a scuffle took place between two groups on that day…but the MLA and his PA’s claims are absolutely incorrect…police is mandated under law to proceed against them,” Saini said.

Naseeb Singh had alleged Mann and Vohra had shot at him and he received a bullet injury in his right leg and received other injuries when the duo threw office chairs at him. He alleged that he was bleeding and his friends and brother rushed him to a private hospital in Ferozepur for treatment.

The police inquiry reported that policemen deployed on duty at the BDPO office did not hear any gun shots being fired nor was there any blood on the floor.

The private hospital where Naseeb Singh got himself admitted reported that he had received a bullet injury and was also hit with blunt weapons. When the police asked Naseeb to be examined by a government doctors he refused following which the police procured orders from a magistrate to get him examined by a medical board.

A forensic team from Mohali checked him and his clothes. The team reported that the pyjamas that Naseeb was wearing showed gun bullet tears,which did not match with the wound on his leg. The blackening of the pyjama was done using ink and had not been caused by a bullet strike which leaves traces of metals. There were no tears or holes in the Naseeb’s kurta corresponding to the leg injury,” said the forensic report. It did not rule out the possibility of the bullet injury being self inflicted.

After the incident,entire Punjab Congress including its chief Partap Singh Bajwa and Leader of Opposition Sunil Jakhar threw their weight behind their colleague and sought a judicial probe into the incident.

Meanwhile,Sodhi told PTI over phone that the police is working at the “behest” of Akali leaders.

“The police is acting at the behest of Akali leaders,” he alleged adding,“complete lawlessness prevails in the state.”

The police had beat up a Congress worker in connection with the May 7 incident in his village yesterday,he said. “Opposition’s complaints are always dubbed as fabricated…police want to send a wrong message that law and order is under control in Punjab,” he alleged.

Rejecting Congress’ claims that its nominees were coerced to withdraw from the polls,the DGP said,“I have not received a single complaint that any person was forced to withdraw his nomination papers.”

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