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NRI assault in Himachal Pradesh: Punjab Police register Zero FIR; minister Kuldeep Dhaliwal writes to CM Sukhu

The case has been registered at the Ranjit Avenue police station in Amritsar

NRI assault in Himachal Pradesh: Punjab Police register Zero FIR; minister Kuldeep Dhaliwal writes to CM Sukhu

Kawaljit Singh at a hospital in Amritsar. A video grab



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Chandigarh, June 16

The Punjab Police on Sunday registered a Zero FIR in connection with the alleged assault on a Punjab-origin NRI, who alleged that he was beaten up by a group of men over parking in Himachal Pradesh's Dalhousie.

Punjab NRI Affairs Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal also wrote to Himachal Chief Minister Sukhvinder Sukhu, seeking his intervention for a thorough inquiry.

The Punjab Police registered the Zero FIR under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 148 (rioting) of the Indian Penal Code.

The case has been registered at the Ranjit Avenue police station in Amritsar.

A Zero FIR can be filed at any police station, irrespective of the place of incident or jurisdiction, and can later be transferred to the appropriate police station.

Dhaliwal's letter came in the wake of NRI Kawaljit Singh, who is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Amritsar, claiming that he was targeted as he is a Punjabi.

The Himachal Pradesh Police, however, maintained that the incident was not linked to any "inter-state or inter-community dispute".

Dhaliwal on Sunday visited the hospital where Singh is undergoing treatment.

In his letter to Sukhu, drawing his attention to the incident, the Punjab minister said, "You are aware that in this peak summer season tourists from Punjab and all across the world come to visit Himachal Pradesh. This highly condemnable and unfortunate incident shall impact tourism in the state if we collectively do not take strict action against the culprits."

"Therefore, I shall be highly grateful if you look into the matter personally and please direct the authorities concerned to thoroughly inquire the matter. I would also request some of your precious time to personally discuss this unpleasant incident," he added.

Dhaliwal said thousands of people from Punjab visit tourist places such as Shimla, Manali, Kasauli and Dalhousie every day and such incidents are not good for tourism.

Singh and his Spanish wife, who have been living in Spain for 25 years, returned to Punjab recently. Singh said he had gone to Dalhousie with his wife and a relative a few days ago.

He alleged that he was attacked by a group of around 100 people following an argument over parking.

He also accused the Himachal Pradesh Police of apathy.

However, an IPS officer from the state on Saturday claimed this was not the case.

"Singh had come to Khajjiar in Chamba district and was doing palm reading for some women. Someone felt offended by this act and there was a scuffle. Later, both parties reached a compromise in front of the police," Inspector General of Police (Northern Range) Santosh Patial said.

"He (Singh) had given in writing that he wanted no legal action and left," the officer said.

"There is nothing like an inter-state or inter-community dispute and tourists are welcome in Himachal," Patial said, dismissing the row as a "stray incident".

On Saturday, Amritsar MP Gurjeet Aujla and SAD leader Bikram Majithia also demanded that the Himachal government take action in the matter. 

#Dalhousie #Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal #Punjab Police


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