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Breaching the security cover, a handful of protesters including some women gheraoed Ludhiana Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu and vandalized his vehicle on Sunday at Circuit House.
It happened when Bittu reached the venue to attend a programme of district Congress organized by DCC president Gurpreet Gogi where a portal and helpline number were to be launched.
The protesters led by Charanjeet Grewal alias Jasraj gheraoed Bittu’s vehicle, smashed windowpanes and showed black flags while raising slogans against him.
Grewal alleged that Bittu has not paid him pending amount of Rs 1 lakh since Lok Sabha polls last year. “I made flex boards and other campaign material during Lok Sabha polls in 2014 and since then my payment is pending.” He added that he also submitted a complaint to police commissioner few days back.
However, situation went berserk when Punjab Youth Congress entered clash with media and tried to snatch cameras as they clicked photographs of protest against Bittu.
Even as Ludhiana west MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu tried to intervene and sort out the matter, the Punjab Youth Congress leaders including Gurjeet Singh Seenh (vice-president, Youth Congress from Atam Nagar constituency) and Congress leader Raman Subramaniam hurled abuses on media and asked them to shut the cameras.
The police reached the spot including senior officials ADCP P S Pannu, ACP Jaskirat Singh and SHO PAU police station Surinder Chopra.
The Youth Congress leaders created a ruckus and even abused and slapped their own party MLA Ashu who intervened to get the issue solved.
Speaking to the Indian Express, MP Bittu denied all allegations on him and said that ‘attack was government sponsored as he raised voice against Orbit Bus company of deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal in Lok Sabha.’
“Since one year this guy did not raise voice for pending bills of flex boards and now suddenly he has cropped up. The security was breached and my vehicle was vandalized. This is a government sponsored attack as I raised voice against Badals in Parliament after Moga molestation case. They can apply such tactics but our voice will not be suppressed and we will continue the war against Badal, his businesses and drugs. Today anything could have happened had security personnel reacted wrongly so I request the government to refrain from such cheap tactics,” said Bittu speaking to the Indian Express.
Meanwhile, MLA Ashu accepted that Youth Congress misbehaved with the media. “They misbehaved and cameras of 1-2 photographers were vandalized due to the chaos created on the spot. I tried to intervene, but things went out of hand for some time. Youth Congress cadre has accepted their mistake and apologized.”
However, voices from within Ludhiana Congress alleged that the attack was not spearheaded by Badals’ but Congressmen supporting former MP Manish Tewari.
Asked about the same, MLA Ashu said, “Anything is possible until truth comes out that who planned the attack on Bittu.”
“Our sources have said that women who protested today were 1984 Sikh riot victims and supported by Akalis. It was a planned attack supported by the government,” said Bittu’s confident to Express.
Till filing of this report, no FIR was registered in both cases. SHO Surinder Chopra said, “We are trying to get the issue resolved in both the cases. The breach of security cover of MP is a serious matter.”
Meanwhile, Indian National Youth Congress president Raja Warring issued show cause notice to Seenh asking for a reply within 48 hours for manhandling the media.
The slogans of ‘Media murdabaad’ were also raised by youth Congress cadre.