Cong-LIP ‘clash’

Bains brothers demand addition of charges in FIR

Burn Bittu’s effigy, threaten dharna outside CM’s residence

Bains brothers demand addition of charges in FIR

Lok Insaaf Party leaders and workers during a protest in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 11

Coming in support of Gagandeep Singh alias Sunny Kainth and others, who were allegedly attacked by Congress workers recently, Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) MLAs Simajeet Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains staged a massive protest against Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu and Police Commissioner Rakesh Agrawal outside the police commissioner’s office on Ferozepur Road, Ludhiana, here today along with supporters.

They also burnt an effigy of MP Bittu. Protestors demanded addition of charges related to disrespect of turban and casteist remarks in the FIR against Congress workers. They also demanded action against Division Number 8 SHO for allegedly supporting the attackers.

LIP supremo MLA Simarjit Singh Bains said, “Ravneet Singh Bittu is three-time MP, but he conspired the attack on LIP workers. Instead of taking action against the accused, the police commissioner is favouring the Congressmen.”

He said, “Congressmen tossed of turbans of party workers and hurled casteist remarks at Sunny Kainth. But, the police have not added required sections in the FIR. We demand that relevant sections of the IPC should be added in the case.”

Bains said, “If no action is taken I will sit on a dharna along with Sunny Kainth outside the Chief Minister’s residence and then at the residence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.”

Panchayat against police to be held twice a month

Simarjit Singh Bains said a panchayat against the police will be held on first and 15th day of every month at Circuit House, Ludhiana. He said the LIP workers will keep vigil on cops on check posts and expose those who are involved in ‘corrupt’ practices. Majority of the LIP leaders and workers were not wearing mask and flouted social-distancing norm during the protest.

Meanwhile, MP Ravneet Singh Bittu denied all allegations saying that he has no role in the matter. He said, “I had no information that Sunny Kainth was coming to meet me on Saturday. I was not even present in Ludhiana that day. A video has gone viral in which a LIP worker can be seen is displaying a ‘kirpan’ to attack Congress workers. Strict action should be taken against him as per law.”

FIR on Bains, supporters for violating norms

Reacting to the protest, Police Commissioner Rakesh Agrawal told The Tribune that Simranjit Singh Bains took the law in his hands by gathering in large numbers at one place along with his workers. “The police cannot tolerate such nuisance when the threat of Covid-19 looms large in the city. I have asked him to get himself and his workers tested and submit test reports in my office. If anyone comes positive, many of the people present at the dharna will be affected,” added the CP. He said a case under sections 188 and 269 of the IPC is being registered against Bains and all his supporters. The CP added that those present at the dharna are being identified and their names will be added in the FIR.

The CP said he already told police officials concerned to conduct a probe and verify if the turban of any LIP worker was tossed. A case would be pursued after receiving probe report, he added.

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