Fir­ing at con­trac­tor: For­mer Haryana min­is­ter gets bail

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTPUNJAB&HARYANA - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

They can­not sup­press my voice and I will con­tinue my fight (against min­ing mafia) and ex­pose in­flu­en­tial peo­ple sup­port­ing it. NIR­MAL SINGH, for­mer Haryana min­is­ter

KARNAL: Three weeks af­ter be­ing ar­rested and booked for at­tempt to mur­der for fir­ing at a con­trac­tor, for­mer Haryana min­is­ter and Congress leader Nir­mal Singh was granted bail by a dis­trict court in Ya­mu­nana­gar on Thurs­day.

The court of ad­di­tional dis­trict and ses­sions judge Chan­dra Shekhar the bail on a bond of ₹50,000.

Nir­mal’s daugh­ter Chi­tra Sar­wara, along with hun­dreds of slo­ga­neer­ing fol­low­ers, reached Ja­gadhri jail to re­ceive her fa­ther, where he was lodged since April 26.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter his re­lease, Nir­mal said he was be­ing im­pli­cated in a false case as he was rais­ing his voice against the min­ing mafia in the re­gion.

“They can­not sup­press my voice and I will con­tinue my fight (against min­ing mafia) and ex­pose in­flu­en­tial peo­ple sup­port­ing it,” the for­mer min­is­ter said.

Talk­ing to me­di­a­per­sons, Chi­tra said the case was po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated and her fa­ther was im­pli­cated on false charges. “We have full faith in the coun­try’s ju­di­ciary and will con­tinue our fight till we get jus­tice and prove this case as false,” she said.

Nir­mal was ar­rested by the Ya­mu­nana­gar po­lice for al­legedly fir­ing at a con­trac­tor, Karan Singh, in min­ing zone at Balle­wala area of Ya­mu­nana­gar dis­trict on late night of April 24.

The min­is­ter al­legedly fired at Karan af­ter an al­ter­ca­tion over the possession of a pas­sage in Balle­wala min­ing zone in Ya­mu­nana­gar.

Defence coun­sel Anil Kaushik ar­gued be­fore the court that the al­leged in­ci­dent hap­pened in the farm­land of the for­mer min­is­ter and he was not at the spot and was falsely im­pli­cated.

Nir­mal was booked along with 12 oth­ers un­der Sec­tions 148 (ri­ot­ing, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (ev­ery mem­ber of un­law­ful assem­bly guilty of of­fence com­mit­ted in pros­e­cu­tion of com­mon ob­ject), 323 (pun­ish­ment for vol­un­tar­ily caus­ing hurt), 506 (pun­ish­ment for crim­i­nal in­tim­i­da­tion), 307 (at­tempt to mur­der) and 395 (pun­ish­ment for da­coity) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC) and Sec­tions 25/54/59 of the Arms Act.

In his com­plaint filed at the Khizrabad po­lice sta­tion, Karan, a res­i­dent of Man­doli vil­lage had al­leged that his JCB ma­chine was fill­ing pits on a un­metalled road from Bail­garh to Lakkar vil­lage. Since the road passes along the land of the for­mer rev­enue min­is­ter, he was ob­ject­ing the move­ment of min­ing ve­hi­cles from this road and al­legedly closed the road by dig­ging pits.

As the own­ers of stone crush­ers and screen­ing plants were fac­ing prob­lem, they de­cided to re­open the road and the earth­mover was be­ing used to fill the pits. “Around 8.30 pm on April 24, Nir­mal Singh, along with his aides, in­clud­ing Sul­tan Singh, As­lam, Manan, San­deep, Ramu, Ro­hit, Ch­hota As­lam, Sa­jid and Ab­dul, reached the spot and Nir­mal opened sev­eral rounds, in which the op­er­a­tor of the earth mover had a nar­row es­cape but the bul­let hit the JCB and they fled the spot with a warn­ing,” al­leged Karan in his com­plaint filed with Ya­mu­nana­gar po­lice.

This is not the first in­stance when the Congress leader was booked as in May 2004, he was ar­rested for al­legedly beat­ing a polling of­fi­cial at a booth in Konkpura vil­lage of Nag­gal assem­bly seg­ment of Am­bala par­lia­men­tary con­stituency.

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