JJP MLA from Haryana’s Tohana constituency Devender Babli’s convoy was attacked by a bunch of anti-farm regulation protesters in Tohana’s market space on Tuesday. The group was shouting anti-government slogans and carrying black flags in protest in opposition to the three central farm legislations. Though Babli escaped unharmed, his PA Radhe Bishnoi sustained head accidents, for which he obtained stitches.
The incident came about at round midday when Babli was on his method to attend a Covid vaccination drive for the in a different way abled at Tohana Civil Hospital.
The MLA’s SUV additionally obtained broken because the mob attacked with picket sticks and iron rods. Babli alleged that a number of the protesters first rammed a car into his SUV after which started smashing the windshield of his car.
Later within the day, BKU’s Gurnam Singh Chadhuni launched a video message, calling the incident a “deliberate try of the ruling dispensation to create unrest and disrupt communal concord”. He additionally alleged that the protesters have been lathicharged, which police denied.
Talking to The Indian The Press Reporter, on telephone, Babli condemned the assault: “That is the state of affairs in our state the place a handful of individuals can assault a public consultant who has gained with lakhs of votes. I’ve knowledgeable my celebration’s chief, Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala, concerning the incident. I had additionally referred to as Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to tell him that the state of affairs is by no means good throughout the state and he ought to instantly resolve this ongoing difficulty with farmers. If we fail to resolve this difficulty well timed, the implications for all of us could be actually unhealthy. We must always not emerge as a weak authorities.”
Describing the incident, he stated: “Some unscrupulous components, within the garb of farmers agitation, attacked my car. It’s nothing however an try and tarnish the picture of farmers too…A bunch of individuals first hit my car with a inexperienced Maruti Gypsy and blocked my means. Then the opposite group started attacking my car and smashed the home windows. The mob was too agitated and commenced hurling abuses. I reacted and informed them that moreover being a MLA, I’m additionally a typical citizen and so they don’t have any rights to behave with me in such a fashion…My PA was sitting within the again seat of the car. As a bunch of individuals wielded sticks and smashed the rear windscreen of my car, items of shattered glass hit my PA’s head and he sustained extreme head accidents.”
He added, “Whereas I used to be on my method to the civil hospital, I went to the marketplace for some private household work. It was that point that this bunch of individuals attacked me.”
Requested if there have been any safety personnel with him on the time, Babli stated: “Because it was a private go to, there was no one with me besides my driver and my PA. Police have been deployed on the civil hospital. Nevertheless, once I knowledgeable the police concerning the assault on my car, they reached the spot.”
Sources stated Babli was additionally caught on digicam indulging in heated arguments and abusive language with the attackers in police presence.
Chaduni’s video message
Reacting to the incident, Chadhuni in a video message appealed farmers to assemble in Tohana on Wednesday. “They intentionally come out, notably within the Jat dominated belts, to disrupt communal concord in order that they’ll blame us later. This MLA shall be coming to Tohana tomorrow additionally. I attraction to all my brothers to come back out in full power to Tohana tomorrow and we will see how he abuses us once more,” he stated.
After the incident, police started figuring out suspects. Reacting to police motion, farmers additionally blocked the Fatehabad-Sirsa freeway and some different inner roads and threatened to dam different roads on Wednesday if Babli doesn’t apologise.
Whereas Chadhuni claimed that police opened canecharge on the protesters, Fatehabad’s Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar stated, “No lathicharge was accomplished. Authorized motion shall be taken in opposition to those that indulged in violence.”
On the time of submitting this report, sources stated a case was prone to be registered in opposition to the attackers by late night.
This isn’t the primary time BJP-JJP leaders have been attacked in Haryana, amid the continuing farm agitation.
Khattar, Dushyant Chautala, a number of BJP MPs and state Cupboard ministers have been going through such protests throughout the state, together with in their very own constituencies, within the wake of the continuing farmers protest.