TWO days after the attack on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s vehicle in Ludhiana, angry villagers of Ghumman Khurd pelted stones at the convoy of Punjab PWD Minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon on Wednesday.
The minister was at Kuttiwal Khurd village in his constituency of Maur in Bathinda district, when angry residents of Ghumman Khurd flung the stones as he had refused to visit their village and inspect the condition of the sewerage system. While the stones missed the minister’s vehicle, they damaged the car of Maur DSP Davinder Singh.
Though police have not booked anyone, DSP Davinder Singh said action will be taken as per law. “We will take due action against the attackers and they will not be spared,” the Davinder Singh said.
Sekhon was in the villages of Maur constituency on Wednesday morning, distributing cheques under various social security schemes.
At Kuttiwal Khurd village, he was resolving an issue between truck unions in the area when villagers of Ghumman Khurd came and asked him to see the overflowing sewers in their locality.
Jasbir Singh, one of the villagers, said, “A part of the village lane has not been constructed due to vested political interests and today villagers had gone to apprise the minister about it. Unfortunately, he refused to accompany us to see the situation for himself and rather said the SDM would look into the issue. We all felt offended at his attitude as our village is right next to Kuttiwal Khurd”.
The villagers then reportedly began raising slogans against the minister and soon police started rounding them up.
Miffed at the police action, angry villagers started the stone pelting, in which, the parked vehicle of the Maur DSP was damaged.
The minister, however, denied any stone pelting had taken place. “There was some difference of opinion between two groups of truck unions due to which slogans were raised and nothing else happened. I am not aware of any stone pelting,” Sekhon said.