A BJP MLA in Punjab was allegedly thrashed and his garments torn by a gaggle of farmers at Malout in Muktsar district on Saturday, police mentioned.
When Abohar legislator Arun Narang reached Malout together with native leaders to deal with a press convention, they obtained surrounded by a gaggle of protesting farmers and black ink was thrown at them, officers mentioned.
Some police personnel took the MLA and native leaders to a store. But later once they got here out of it, the protesters allegedly thrashed them and tore Narang”s garments, police mentioned.
Mr Narang was later escorted to a safer place by the police, officers mentioned.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (Malout) Jaspal Singh mentioned the protesters had been adamant that they’d not enable the BJP legislators to carry the press convention. A police official sustained a minor harm within the incident, he mentioned.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has condemned the assault and warned strict motion in opposition to “anyone disturbing state’s peace”.
Chief Minister @capt_amarinder Singh condemns assault on BJP MLA from Abohar, warns of strict motion in opposition to anybody disturbing state’s peace. CM additionally urges Prime Minister @narendramodi to intervene for early decision of farmers’ disaster to forestall additional escalation of scenario.
— CMO Punjab (@CMOPb) March 27, 2021
A video has surfaced on social media, purportedly displaying the MLA in torn garments being shifted to a safer place by the police.
Later, Mr Narang informed PTI that he was “punched” by some individuals.
“I was punched a lot and my clothes were also torn off,” he alleged.
The BJP legislator mentioned he had gone to Malout to deal with a press convention however the protesters didn’t enable it. They obtained violent and surrounded him, the MLA claimed.
Asked whether or not he has lodged a grievance on this matter, Narang mentioned he’ll discuss to the occasion management over this situation.
Darshan Pal, the chief of Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella physique of farmers” union, spearheading the agitation in opposition to the central agri legal guidelines, mentioned, “Today, farmers protested against BJP MLA from Abohar. Under adverse circumstances, it turned violent and the MLA was physically assaulted.
“It is a matter of remorse that an elected consultant was handled this manner. We don’t encourage such behaviour. We strongly condemn this act,” he said in a statement.
Pal also said the Samyukta Kisan Morcha appeals to all protesters to remain peaceful and disciplined.
The ruling Congress in Punjab, the BJP, as well as the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) condemned the incident.
Such “illegal behaviour” has no place in a democracy and the farmers” protest will be weakened by these incidents, State Congress chief Sunil Jakhar said.
While terming the attack “extremely unlucky”, he said everyone should be allowed to present his views and every citizen should respect each other”s right to speak. No one should be allowed to take law and order in their own hands, the state Congress chief said.
BJP national general secretary Tarun Chugh slammed the Amarinder Singh-led government over the incident and claimed that it has “uncovered the entire collapse of legislation and order within the state”.
Describing the incident as a “murderous assault” on Mr Narang, he accused the ruling Congress of engineering it. Amarinder Singh was “instigating such assaults with the intention to stifle the voice of the BJP”, Chugh alleged and demanded that the chief minister resigns.
SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal termed the “violent assault” on Mr Narang “deplorable” and demanded an impartial inquiry to fix the responsibility for the “failure” of the police in protecting the dignity of an elected representative.
He appealed to everyone to exercise restraint to ensure that peace and communal harmony in the state was not disturbed.
SAD leader Daljit Singh Cheema while describing the incident as “painful” said in a democracy, everybody has a right to put forth his views. There is no place for violence in society, he said.
Notably, BJP leaders have been facing the ire of farmers for the last several months in the state. Agitating farmers have been opposing the programmes of the saffron party leaders in the state over the farm laws issue.
Thousands of farmers have been protesting since late November at Delhi borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, demanding a rollback of the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
The protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that these laws would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporations.