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Saturday, 2 January 2021

Villager alleges assault by SAD leader, aides

Fatehgarh Sahib, January 1

A resident of Ganduan village, Simarpreet Singh, has lodged a complaint with the Bassi Pathana police claiming that he was kidnapped and beaten up by an SAD leader and his supporters on Thursday night for his involvement in a protest against Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib recently.

'Charge baseless'

Refuting the charge, SAD leader Jagdeep Singh Cheema said he was not aware of the incident. He said the allegation was part of a conspiracy against the SAD

However, SAD district president Jagdeep Singh Cheema has refuted the charges. In his complaint, Simarpreet Singh, who runs a mobile shop in Nagawan village, said when he was returning to his village last night, some unidentified persons blocked his car and dragged him out. After breaking the windows of his car, they forced him to sit in their vehicle. They first took him to Cheema's house at Dubi Majri and then to a rice mill on Mairan Road. There, he was thrashed and forced to record an apology to Sukhbir regarding his protest. The video of the apology

was uploaded on social media, he said. Later, his family reached the rice mill and rescued him.

Bassi Pathana SHO Manpreet Singh said the complainant had not yet recorded the statement. The SHO said after recording the statement, action would be initiated as per the law.

Denying the allegations, Cheema said he was not aware of the incident. He said the charges were part of a conspiracy against Sukhbir and the SAD.

He claimed that his opponents were behind the charges. — OC

from The Tribune

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