Scuffle between farmers, Akali workers; SAD leader and his driver booked


DW BUREAU / Ferozepur (Pb) Police on Thursday booked SAD leader Vardev Singh Noni Mann and his driver Gurvinder Singh for allegedly trying to run a vehicle over the farmers and firing in the air during a scuffle that took place the previous day following a protest against the visit of former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal here. Mann is the SAD candidate from Guruharsahai for the upcoming assembly polls in Punjab. The party leader and his driver had been booked under different sections of the Indian Penal Code, including attempt to murder and the Arms Act, police said. The incident took place on Wednesday when Shiromani Akali Dal leader and Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal was here to attend some programmes to drum up support for her party in the upcoming assembly polls. After the incident, Badal had accused some Congress workers of holding a protest against her under the garb of farmers and also attacking Akali leaders, including Mann and Joginder Singh Jindu. However, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), in a statement, had alleged that some Akali leaders tried to run over vehicles on some farmers in Ferozepur, a claim vehemently denied by the party. Mann alias Noni had refuted allegations, saying he himself had a narrow escape as some Congress workers under the garb of farmers allegedly fired upon him and attacked his vehicle that got damaged in the incident. (


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