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Thursday, 11 February 2021

BJP nominee’s husband ends life

Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 10

The husband of a BJP candidate, Munni Devi, who is contesting from ward number 37 of the Municipal Corporation, committed suicide at the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited office in Phase I here today.

Som Pal, 42, a Class IV employee, hanged himself to death from a ceiling fan at the office around 8.30 am. No suicide note was found on him, the police said. The deceased, a father of four, belonged to Moradabad in UP and was staying in a rented accommodation at Mataur.

In her statement to the police, Munni Devi alleged that a former Mohali councillor recently beat up her husband and was pressuring him to make her withdraw from the poll fray.

The police took the body in their possession and sent it to the mortuary of the Civil Hospital, Phase VI. Inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC have been initiated. "We are investigating the matter and necessary action will be taken," said Shivdeep Singh Brar, SHO, Phase I police station.

Meanwhile, Madan Shaunki, the BJP candidate from ward number 50, alleged that a few Congress workers, including women, attacked him on Tuesday while he was campaigning in his ward. He saved himself by jumping into a running rickshaw and fleeing the spot.

Kulwinder Kaur, another BJP candidate from the nearby ward, also alleged that a few Congress workers tried to attack her in her house and ransacked her campaigning tent. The BJP candidate from ward number 43, Rekha, too alleged that a few Congress workers ransacked her campaigning tent on Monday night.

District BJP president Sukhwinder Singh Goldy said, "Congress workers are threatening our candidates daily. Our offices are being ransacked. Many candidates have informed me that their campaigning tents are being ransacked by miscreants who claim themselves to be farmers. We have asked the Mohali SSP to check this vandalism, but nothing has been done till now."

'Was being pressured to make me back out'

Sources said the BJP candidate from ward number 37, Munni Devi, indicated the role of her house owner and a councillor in putting pressure on her husband to make her withdraw from the fray.

from The Tribune

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