A group of protesters, suspected to be farmers, who had unloaded a trolley full of cow dung in front of former Punjab minister Tikshan Sud’s residence has been booked by Hoshiarpur police under ‘attempt to murder’ and other charges. A four-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed to probe the case.
Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) Rajewal leaders on Sunday demanded that the case be scrapped and threatened to block the streets of Jalandhar on January 7. They also said that there will be a repeat of the Hoshiarpur incident if their demand is not accepted by the government.
In the FIR, complainant Surinder Pal Bhatti, district BJP secretary and an acquaintance of the former minister, said he was going to greet Sud on January 1 when a tractor trolley being companying him along with arms dumped the cow dung inside Sud’s residence by lifting the trolley with a hydraulic system. He further claimed that they tried to attack Sud, who was protected by his men. The tractor driver tried to run the tractor over him and his friend, alleged Bhatti in his complaint.
The protesters had dumped the cow dung allegedly because they were angry over a remark made by Sud, who had allegedly said that most farmers protesting at Singhu are not aware about the farm laws and are going on a picnic.
On January 1, after the incident took place, Hoshiarpur SSP Navjot Singh Mahal had told The Indian Express that a case against unidentified persons was registered under section 452 (house trespassing) and 506 (criminal intimidation). However, a copy of the FIR showed that the case had been lodged under six sections of IPC — 307 (attempt to murder), 452 (house trespassing), 506 (criminal intimidation), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 148 (rioting) and 149 (unlawful Assembly) of IPC.
Eyewitnesses told that the trolley did not enter the premises of Sud’s house, but they lifted it dumped the dung inside his house, after which Sud’s men got infuriated. A scuffle was prevented and no one attacked anyone else.
SSP Mahal said they are investigating the case and a four-member SIT led by an SP-rank officer had been formed.
In Jalandhar, BKU (Rajewal)’s Jalandhar district president Mandeep Singh claimed that the government is working under BJP’s pressure. “When no attack was made and no one got hurt, how could attempt to murder, rioting sections be imposed on the farmers? If the case is not canceled we will block roads in Jalandhar on January 7,” he said.
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