Following protests by state Congress chief President Partap Singh Bajwa and other MLAs, the police on Thursday assured that an FIR will be registered into Tuesday’s Ferozepur clash by Friday afternoon once SSP Varinder Pal Singh is ready with the report filed by a special investigation team set up to probe the incident.
On Tuesday, a clash between Congress and Akali workers left Naseeb Singh Sandhu — personal assistant to Congress MLA from Guru-har-Sahai Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi — with a bullet injury. Congress and Akali workers had entered into a brawl during the filing of nomination in Mamdot area of Ferozepur. While preliminary investigations by the police had revealed that though a clash did take place, there was no firing, the doctors at Baghi Hospital, where Naseeb Singh is being treated, have claimed he was hit by a bullet.
After staging a dharna outside the SSP’s office for about three hours, Bajwa, Sodhi and other MLAs met Varinder Pal and demanded that they be arrested if the police were afraid of registering an FIR against SAD leaders.
“It was a planned attack... The chief minister should not forget that he started his political career as a sarpanch. He was destroying the foundations of panchayati elections by threatening opposition party candidates. There is no second thought that Parkash Singh Badal is equal to Aurangjeb,” said Bajwa.
Meanwhile, the three-doctor panel formed to look into Naseeb Singh’s injury could not go ahead with the inquiry as the patient refused to go to the civil hospital and instead asked the board of doctors to examine him at Baghi Hospital.