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Panchkula Councillor’s brother attacked, hunt on for 5

The victim, Laxmi Kant Swami, 48 is a resident of Sector 8 and is a property dealer

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Laxmi Kant Swami, brother of ward no.13 councillor Ravi Kant Swami. (Source: Express Photo)

THE BROTHER of a municipal councillor was Sunday assaulted by five unidentified persons allegedly attacked the elder brother of a municipal councillor early morning, here on Sunday.

The victim, Laxmi Kant Swami, 48 is a resident of Sector 8 and is a property dealer. His younger brother, Ravi Kant is a municipal councillor from ward no.13, consisting of Sector 19 and parts of Abheypur.

The incident took place around 6: 30 am, when Laxmi Kant had gone for his regular morning walk along with his pet dog. In the complaint submitted to the police, he said that when he reached near the Sector 8 inner market, an Etios car stopped near him and four persons got out of the car. The person who was driving the car stayed inside.

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“As soon as they got out of the car, they started beating up my brother. They were armed with rods and sharp-edged weapons and had come prepared to attack him. There was no altercation or verbal arguments, they beat him repeatedly,” said his brother, Ravi Kant Swami.

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The victim was admitted to a private hospital in Sector 21 and is out of danger. The police said they had received the complaint and that a probe was on.

“We visited him in the hospital, but he is unfit to record statements. He is slated to undergo a surgery. The investigation will proceed once his statements are recoded,” said Sector 7 Police-Post In-charge.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Anil Dhawan said, “As per the medico-legal report, there are no injuries by sharp-edged weapons on the victim’s body, but three blunt weapon injuries. The investigation
is on.”

Run-ins with the law

Councillor Ravi Kant Swami has been mired into controversies before as well. In November, 2014, sanitation workers had staged protests outside the MC office for several days, demanding action against him, after he allegedly used casteist remarks at the then Executive Officer Suresh Kumar. He was later booked under SC/ST Act at Sector 14 Police Station and had gone absconding for over two months.

In September, 2014, his younger brother, Ajay Swami, was accused of firing at a woman constable while she was walking back home. She survived the injuries. Ravi Kant had then defended his brother, claiming that he (Ajay) had not been present at the scene of the alleged crime.