Former councillor Harish Sharma's body recovered from canal in Sonepat

Protesters block NH-44 by keeping body on road; police cane-charge people

Tribune News Service
Panipat, November 22

A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team on Sunday fished out the body of former councillor Harish Sharma's from Delhi Parallel canal near Khubru jhal in Sonepat district.

The administration sent the body to the mortuary at a general hospital at Sonepat for postmortem examination.

Enraged over the incident, hundreds of people kept the body of former councillor Harish Sharma on NH-44 on Panipat-Delhi lane and refused to cremate him till their demands were fulfilled.

People gather at NH-44 as the dead body of former councillor Harish Sharma reached Panipat after postmortem examination. Tribune Photo

The people demanded a criminal case registered against Panipat SP Manisha Chaudhary, then police post in charge; SI Baljeet Singh, ASI Mahavir Singh and others.

The people also demanded their arrest.

Sharma had jumped into the canal on Thursday morning allegedly due to harassment by the police.

The police caned-charged protesters late evening near Tehsil camp chowk on NH-44, leaving some people, including Ram Rattan Sharma, former district president of Aam Aadmi Party, injured. Around 10 others and a scribe of national daily also sustained injuries.

While people raised slogans against the police, Ram Rattan Sharma alleged that the police caned-charged people to silence their voice as they were protesting in support of their leader and former councillor Harish Sharma.

Even some gunmen of VIPs sustained injuries. The police also allegedly broke glasses of an office on the road where Rohtak MP Arvind Sharma, MLA Pramod Vij, former transport minister Krishan Lal Panwar and other prominent people were holding a meeting with victim’s family members.

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