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Punjab Votes ’07
4 Dimpa gunmen suspended
Beas firing: 4 others also pay for ‘negligence of duty/involvement’
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Beas, February 2
On the recommendation of the Special Investigation Team (SIT), the district police chief, Majitha, Mr Lok Nath Angra, has reportedly placed eight constables, including four gunmen of Mr Jasbir Singh Dimpa, Congress MLA, under suspension for “negligence of duty or their involvement” in the recent firing incident here.

The police has sent around 25 weapons, including those of Mr Dimpa and his younger brother Harpinder Singh Rajan, to a forensic laboratory. Mr Dimpa has been provided with new gunmen.

Mr Dimpa said they themselves had handed over their weapons to the authority concerned.

Meanwhile, six companies of the para military forces have been rushed to Beas.

Mr Manjinder Singh Kang, Akali candidate from Beas, returned the 11-member Railway Protection Force provided to him. Mr Kang said since he feared a threat to his life after the Beas violence, he would accept security umbrella of paramilitary forces only. The sources said Mr Kang might get the requested security cover by tomorrow.

A senior police official, however, claimed that the RPF security was still with Mr Kang and he would be given the paramilitary forces’ security tomorrow.

On the other hand, Mr Dimpa held an hour-long meeting with Mr R. Bhattacharya, Deputy Election Commissioner, in the Ludhiana’s Circuit House again to give his version on the poll violence in Beas.

Replying to a question, Mr Dimpa said he had covered half a dozen villages of his Assembly segment as part of his election campaign.



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