Chandigarh:A day after 28-year-old vegetable vendor Manish Kumar attempted self-immolation in Gidderbaha accusing the local MLA Amarinder Singh Raja Warring’s aides, Police on Tuesday booked five persons including a Congress leader and his son.
Though the FIR is registered against them for vandalising and looting his kiosk only, police are waiting for the magisterial probe report to see if they were the instigators behind the vendor’s self-immolation bid.
Before setting him on fire, the victim Manish, a Dalit, had accused Warring’s aides of vandalising and looting his kiosk on Sunday night and also threatening him of dire consequences. Sensing the gravity of the matter, the state government ordered magisterial probe into the incident and also transferred the Gidderbaha SHO Periwinkle Grewal to Police Lines.
It is pertinent to mention that the incident took place just two days after some close aides of Amarinder Singh Raja Warring brutally assaulted a journalist in Gidderbaha, which made the CM to intervene and direct the DGP to arrest all 16 accused. In that case Warring’s aide Charanjit Singh, who was recently appointed as Truck Union president, along with two others was arrested on Sunday late night.
As per the details of the recent case, the victim along with a large number of vegetable sellers had on Monday visited Gidderbaha police station to lodge a complaint, seeking action against the accused but the policemen there didn’t listen to him.
Irked over the police attitude, the vendor set him on fire but the timely intervention of onlookers saved his life. Expressing his anguishes in complaint, the victim had named Rajesh Kumar ‘Bittu’ Gandhi (husband of a municipal councillor), Radheshyam Chhabra (owner of a shop along his kiosk), Jaspreet Singh (personal assistant of MLA Raja Warring), Binta Arora and Neeta of threatening him.
Gidderbaha Police registered the FIR against Radheshyam and his son and kept other three as unidentified. Notably, even in the previous journalist assault case Jaspreet was an accused but despite assurance of booking him for being part of the criminal conspiracy (u/s 120-B of the IPC), police have not yet registered a case against him.
In an attempt to save his life, the vegetable vendor was rushed to Civil Hospital, Gidderbaha, where the doctors found him bearing 40 per cent burn injuries.Muktsar Dc Sumeet Jarangal along with ADC Lakhmir Singh, whom the magisterial inquiry has been assigned, met him personally and assured to provide all assistance.