As the process of filing nominations for the elections to zila parishad and block samitis ended Tuesday, a clash between Congress and Akali workers, left one person identified as Naseeb Singh Sandhu, personal assistant to Congress MLA from Guru-har-sahai Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi was injured allegedly after Akali supporters resorted to firing.
The Congress and Akali workers entered into a brawl during the filing of nomination in Mamdot area of Ferozepur district.
Sodhi alleged that senior Akali leader and SAD constituency in-charge Vardev Singh Mann’s PA Bachittar Singh entered into an an argument with his (Sodhi’s) PA Naseeb Singh over the filing of nomination papers. The brawl turned violent turn as both the parties attacked each other.
Sodhi alleged that Mann and his supporters also fired at the Congress workers in which Naseeb Singh sustained a bullet injury in his thigh. He was later admitted to Baghi Hospital in Ferozepur.
“When I came to inquire about the Naseeb Singh’s condition, my way was blocked by Vardev Mann, Gursewak Mann and others. They also fired in the air to intimidate me,” the Congress MLA alleged.
Condemning the incident, Rana Sodhi said Congress workers will organize a dharna in Ferozepur Wednesday in protest against the atrocities unleashed by the Akalis. He termed the incident as a “murder of democracy”, saying that Akalis have taken law in their hands.
Sodhi said that he spoke to SAD president and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal who assured strict action against the culprits. A police complaint was also filed with the Ferozepur police who was investigating the matter.
Meanwhile, Vardev Singh Mann denied all the allegations. He said that not even a single bullet was fired nor any Congress worker was attacked. “It is a totally fabricated story” he added.
When contacted, SSP Ferozepur Varinder Pal Singh said that the police has not received any written complaint.
Meanwhile, the condition of the injured person who is currently undergoing treatment in a private hospital is stated to be stable, hospital sources said.
In a related report, Congress leader Khushaldeep Singh Dhillon alleged that SAD leader Parambans Bunty Romana misbehaved with him in the returning officer’s office when he reached there along with the party candidates to them file nomination papers. Rumana, however, denied the allegations.
A Congress candidate, Veerpal Kaur, who came to file papers for block samiti elections, alleged that her purse was snatched within the administrative complex and her