Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Cong workers clash in Jalalabad on Day 1

- Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar letterschd@hindustant­imes.com


FEROZEPUR: Violence marred the ongoing election to the Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) at Jalalabad, a sub-division of Fazilka district, on Tuesday, when supporters of former Congress minister Hans Raj Jossan and those of Youth Congress leader Jagdeep Goldy Kamboj had a scuffle.

According to informatio­n, on the first day of the five-day-long election to various posts of the PYC, when voting was on at the local grain market, supporters of Jossan and Goldy, who is in fray for the post of general secretary, had an argument and then indulged in a scuffle.

They reportedly pelted one another with stones besides using sticks and sharp-edged weapons. Window panes of several cars were smashed and a few two-wheelers parked at the spot were also damaged.

Harbans Singh suffered sword injuries in his leg while Jawahar Singh, a nominee for the post of block president, suffered an injury on his hand. Some other workers were also injured.

The police had to resort to cane-charge to disperse the two groups.

Jossan claimed, “Fearing his defeat, Goldy, along with his nominee, deliberate­ly started a clash. When I came to know of it, I reached there to settle the dispute. But, Goldy and his men attacked us with a sword.”

“I have brought the matter to the knowledge of the party high command and demanded that the election at Jalalabad be cancelled till all enrolled voters are cross-checked,” Jossan said.

Whereas Goldy alle ged, “Jossan’s aides were using fake voters to cast votes and when I objected, they indulged in violence.”

SSP Swapan Sharma said he had asked both groups to give in writing that they would not indulge in violence. “Till the time they do not give it in writing, they would not be allowed to carry on with the election process,” he said.

“We are recording the statements of all concerned. Law would take its course and those found guilty would be taken to task,” the SSP said.

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