In a bid to attract voters attention,an Independent candidate for the Banur Assembly by-election,recently hired goons to to stage his murder.
The murder was however,foiled as the two gunmen,provided to the candidate for security reported the ploy to Dera Bassi Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) J S Khaira.
Desperate to attract attention just prior to the August 3 by-election polls,Independent candidate,Madan Gopal Sharma,hired goons to make a bid on his life and he asked his gunmen to retaliate only by firing in the air,Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jatinder Singh Aulakh told Newsline.As per norms of the Election Commission of India,Sharma was provided two police constables Gurjeet Singh and Malkeet Singh as gunmen when he had filed his papers as an Independent candidate from Banur seat.
Recently,Sharma told his gunmen that he had hired some persons to fire in air in an unsuccessful attempt to kill him and to add reality and to sensationalise the attack,he asked the two cops to retaliate by firing in air,while the attackers run away, the SSP said.
Though the nominee promised suitable reward to his gunmen to be part of his plan,which was aimed at gaining publicity and sympathy from electorates,the cops instead reported the matter to DSP Khaira.
Khaira,after consulting the SSP,lodged a daily dairy report and sent a detailed report to the ECI through Returning Officer-cum-Sub-Divisional Magistrate Puneet Goyal and Deputy Commissioner Prabhjot Singh Mand.
Also,the two gunmen were shifted from Sharmas security duty and replaced with two other cops,who were issued strict directions to thwart any such bid planned by the candidate.
We had taken legal opinion from our District Attorney,but since no direct offence was made,we lodged a DDR and reported the matter to ECI, the DSP said.