In another twist to the probe into the clash between security guards of Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Food and Herbal Park and members of a transport union in Hardwar, the Uttarakhand Police has now registered a case of attempt to murder against the union members.
The move was initiated after investigations reportedly revealed that it was victim Daljit Singh who instigated the clash by attacking the unit’s staff first.
SSP Hardwar, Sweety Aggarwal, told The Indian Express: “It was Daljit Singh and a few others from the union who had first attacked three staff members of the unit triggering the clash. We have found this during our investigations. However, since Daljit succumbed to injuries sustained during the clash, we have filed a case of attempt to murder and under other sections of the Arms Act against the union, since it appears that the attack was planned by them.”
Sources in the police said that investigations have found that on May 27, the staff was trying to enter the unit when their Maruti car was attacked by the union members, who were armed with lathis and other sharp-edged weapons. Singh, sources said, had attacked the staff of the unit in such a way that it was “almost fatal”.
“Our investigation is going on. Neither side is cooperating and whatever we have learnt is through external sources. However, we have evidence to believe that it was Singh who attacked first. Additionally, the unit’s administration had written to us saying that their action was in retaliation to the union’s attack. However, even though we have CCTV footage as evidence, which clearly shows Ramdev’s younger brother, Ram Bharat, issuing orders to attack the union members, there is no reason to justify why the personal guards of the unit kept attacking Daljit Singh, who eventually sustained fatal injuries” said a senior police officer.
Following the incident, Ram Bharat was arrested and three others detained. Police said they have now added sections of abetment under the IPC against Bharat and the unit. On the other hand, a case under section 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC and Arms Act has been registered against the union members.
“We are trying to seek unit staff’s help to identify the union members involved. We are also trying to identify the unit staff involved in the clash with the help of the union” said police.
Owing to the tension in the area, which is surrounded by five villages in a 15 km radius, 33 Central Industrial Security Force personnel have been deployed at the unit on the orders of the Central government.
Meanwhile, the unit refused to admit that any of the “guards” employed by it had unlicensed guns. “They have refused to even acknowledge the register that we recovered during our raid which shows certain names written against a certain heading ‘Bharat Sena Suraksha Bal’” said a police officer.