Two vehicles,one belonging to Congress MLA Gurcharan Singh Boparai and the other to former party MLA Jassi Khangura,were allegedly attacked by SAD party workers near Ward 13 in Mullanpur on Thursday. Another former Congress MLA Malkait Singh Dakha was with the duo when the alleged incident occurred. The three leaders were in the city for the Mullanpur Nagar Council elections that were being held on Thursday.
Boparai said the red light of his official vehicle was damaged,while two windows of Khanguras car were broken. The trio were reportedly sitting in Boparais car while Khanguras vehicle was following behind. The Congress leaders have blamed six people for the attack: Dalbir Singh,Mandeep Singh Rinku,Mandeep Singh Ravi,Gurmukh Singh,Amandeep Singh Ruby and Anil Kumar.
The incident reportedly took place when the trio were visiting Ward 13. A huge rush of vehicles resulted in the Congress leaders vehicles stopping beside the SAD booth,which reportedly angered the Akali workers. After a heated exchange,SAD workers allegedly attacked the vehicles.
Reacting to the incident,Congress Legislative Party leader Sunil Jakhar and PPCC president Capt Amarinder Singh said there was complete anarchy in the state during the polls and added that they expected more of the same in the municipal corporation elections on June 10.
Jakhar along with other Congress leaders will meet Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil,over the issue,on Friday. The leaders have also demanded that central forces be sent to the state for the June 10 civic body polls.
Amarinder on the other hand,accused the state election commissioner of sleeping and not reacting to repeated poll violations. He claimed the violence was state-sponsored and accused the police of working as agents for the ruling alliance.
When contacted,Jagraon SSP G S Toor said he had urged the Congress leaders to give their complaints in writing,following which,action will be taken as per law.