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Dimpa led attack, Rajan fired AK-47: SAD
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 30
A video, reportedly shot by a mediaperson, shows the Congress MLA from Beas, Mr Jasbir Singh Dimpa, guiding the attack on Akali workers and his younger brother, Mr Harpinder Singh Rajan, a transporter, loading and firing from the prohibited AK- 47 assault rifle in front of the election office of the Congress candidate at Beas yesterday.

The video was played in presence of Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, general secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, BJP's Lok Sabha candidate, and Mr Manjinder Singh Kang, Akali candidate from Beas.

In a signed statement, Mr Harpinder Singh Rajan, younger brother of Mr Dimpa, said the video clip was 'doctored '.

The video clipping also shows the official gunmen the Congress leaders firing rounds. The assault rifle is shown being used by Mr Balkar Singh and Mr Chattar Singh, Chairman, and Vice-Chairman of the Block Samiti, respectively.

Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal served a 15-hour ultimatum to the state government to arrest Mr Dimpa and his younger brothers-Mr Harmanbir Singh Gill, SP (Traffic), Chandigarh, and Mr Harpinder Singh Rajan. The latter was also involved in an armed attack in Rajasansi last year. Mr Badal said he would go to the office of the SSP, Majitha, at 9 am tomorrow if the arrests were not made by that time .

He sought deployment of paramilitary forces in all over the state to ensure free and fair election. He, however, said Youth Akali workers would be deployed in all Assembly segments.

He demanded Z Plus security for Mr Kang who, he said, faced a threat to his life from the 'Dimpa brothers'. Mr Badal said action must be taken against police officers instrumental in registration of a 'false FIR' against Mr Kang on charges of kidnapping the woman sarpanch of Baba Bakala.

The SAD candidate, Mr Kang alleged that three workers of his party were still missing and he believed that they had been killed and their bodies taken away to ‘eliminate’ evidence.



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