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Governor seeks report on attack on Punjab BJP chief's vehicle

Chandigarh, October 14

Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore on Wednesday sought a report from the state chief secretary on the assault on the car of Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma, whose safety has been stepped up following the incident.

A delegation of BJP leaders on Wednesday referred to as on the Governor and urged him to right away look into the incident, whilst Chief Minister Amarinder Singh accused the opposition occasion of creating “provocative and inflammatory” statements to disturb the state’s regulation and order.

Sharma, whose car was focused by some unidentified miscreants carrying black flags on the Cholang toll plaza in Hoshiarpur district on Monday night, had alleged that it was a “government-sponsored” assault.

The BJP chief, who was going to Pathankot from Jalandhar, escaped unharmed whereas his car was broken within the incident.

Extra safety personnel have been offered for Sharma, police mentioned, including that some protesters belonging to farmers’ unions had been behind the assault.

In a communiqué to the Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan, the governor expressed severe concern over the incident and sought “a whole report of the assault on the BJP chief at Hoshiarpur.”

He additional mentioned that “speedy motion ought to be taken to ebook culprits and proceed towards them as per regulation”.

All safety preparations ought to be made by the state authorities to make sure the protection and safety of Ashwani Sharma and all different leaders throughout occasion traces, in line with a press release.

The governor additionally directed the state authorities to take speedy motion towards miscreants who “gherao” political leaders and illegally limit their actions.

The BJP delegation, which met Badnore, alleged that the Congress was answerable for the assaults on BJP employees and leaders.

“MLAs and ministers have been repeatedly making provocative statements that the BJP won’t be able to enter villages within the state,” mentioned Madan Mohan Mittal who was a part of the BJP delegation together with senior leaders Manoranjan Kalia and Jeevan Kumar.

Hitting again on the BJP, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh slammed Sharma for making “rabble-rousing statements and baseless” accusations towards the Punjab Congress.

The BJP’s Punjab unit president appeared bent on spreading “false propaganda” to advertise the pursuits of his occasion, he alleged.

“Opposite to the falsehoods Sharma was making an attempt to unfold, the state authorities had been taking all steps to make sure the safety of BJP leaders amid the farmers’ protests,” he added.

A number of farmer our bodies supported by the Congress, Akalis and different events have been protesting in Punjab towards the brand new farm legal guidelines enacted by the BJP-led central authorities.

After the incident of October 12, Ashwani Sharma’s safety had been beefed up, and a complete of 16 Punjab Police safety personnel, together with commandoes, are deployed with him at present, the chief minister added.

In the meantime, Director-Normal of Police Dinkar Gupta mentioned Sharma’s motorcade was blocked by round 25 protestors belonging to totally different farmer unions.

“After 15-18 seconds of protest, each the automobiles, which stored transferring throughout this time, had been allowed to go, however one of many protestors hit and broke the rear windscreen of the car with a wood flagstick,” he mentioned.

A aspect glass window of the car was additionally broken, the DGP mentioned.

The safety males, who had been accompanying Sharma on the time of the incident, instantly received off their automobiles and escorted the BJP Punjab chief to security.

A legal case beneath related sections of regulation has been registered towards the protestors, he mentioned. — PTI


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