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Double trouble: Dimpa booked again
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

BSF jawan rehearse for poll duty in the sensitive Beas constituency in Punjab on Saturday.
BSF jawan rehearse for poll duty in the sensitive Beas constituency in Punjab on Saturday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Beas, March 10
The Beas police has booked Congress candidate Jasbir Singh Dimpa and his 15 supporters on the charges of attempt to murder, rioting with armed weapons and trespassing at Doullen Nangal village, a day before the Assembly election, scheduled for March 11.

The case was registered following yesterday's violence at Daullen Nangal. The Congress workers, led by Jasbir Singh Dimpa, a former MLA, had blocked the exit points of the village to stop Akali MLA Sarbjit Singh Makkar who was spotted in there in violation of the model code of conduct.

While talking to The Tribune SSP, Majitha, Lok Nath Angra claimed that Makkar was beaten up by Congress activists in the village.

However, the police is in a fix even as chief electoral officer, Punjab, Sundram Krishna, sought 'factual report' about yesterday's poll violence.

Dimpa had complained to poll observer S. Gupta that he and his supporters had been 'falsely implicated' in the case. Dimpa claimed that Makkar was gheraoed following reports of 'purchasing votes'. However, SSP claimed that the preliminary inquiry had found the Akali MLA ‘innocent’. On the other hand, at least two supporters of Dimpa were booked for distributing money to voters.

The chief electoral officer has asked district election officer Kirandip Singh Bhullar to conduct an inquiry and send him a report immediately.

Meanwhile, ADC (Development) Ajmer Singh rushed to the spot to conduct the inquiry. The inquiry officer talked to the BSF personnel posted in the village to know whether there was any substance in the charges made in the FIR against Dimpa and his supporters. The official sources pointed out that a brick kiln normally does not have any door and hence the question of trespassing does not arise.

This is the second case of poll violence registered against Dimpa. Earlier, Dimpa, his two brothers, Harmanbir Singh Gill, an SP (Traffic), Chandigarh, Harpinder Singh Rajan and their supporters, were booked on charges of killing an Akali activist on January 29. This had led to the postponement of the election.

Though Dimpa and his supporters had gheraoed Sarbjit Singh Makkar, an Akali MLA from Adampur, in the late evening yesterday the fresh case was registered against him (Dimpa) and his supporters on the complaint of Hem Singh, a Manager of Sarbjit Singh Makkar.

Supporters of Congress candidates who have been booked, include Narinder Singh, Gurdial Singh, Deba, Avtar Singh Kando, Gauri, Kashmir Singh, Kewal Singh, Kulwant Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Lakha and Mana Sarpanch.

Meanwhile, Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, a former BJP Minister, M.S Manna, an Akali MLA from Khadoor Sahib and Lali Majithia, District Congress President (Rural), were seen taking a round of the Beas constituency in violation of the model code of conduct. While Dr Chawla denied that he was interacting with the voters, Lali Majithia alleged that he was harassed at the behest of Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia, who was allowed to pass through Beas with a cavalcade of at least 14 vehicles.

Meanwhile, BSF personnel and Commandos were deployed in every nook and corner of the constituency which has been declared sensitive.

The administration has already deployed 10 companies of paramilitary force to ensure free and fair election in this border constituency.



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