Arun Narang, a lawmaker from Abohar municipality in Fazilka district in Punjab, was reportedly beaten on Saturday by a group of farmers demonstrating in the Malout region of Muktsar district.
By hindustantimes.com | Written by Harshit Sabarwal, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MARCH 28, 2021 at 4:15 p.m. IST
Union Bharatiya Kisan (BKU) spokesman Rakesh Tikait said on Sunday that his organization was not involved in the beating of Punjab Party Bharatiya Janata (BJP) lawmaker Arun Narang and claimed that this was done by the party itself to defame the farmers, who were protesting. against the three new agricultural laws of the Center for more than four months now. “Our people showed black flags but were not involved in this incident,” Tikait said, quoted by ANI news agency.
Narang, a lawmaker from Abohar municipality in Fazilka district in Punjab, was reportedly beaten on Saturday by a group of farmers demonstrating in the Malout region of Muktsar district. He went there with some local leaders to speak at a press conference. A video, which has circulated on social media, is said to have shown the BJP leader in torn clothes being taken to a safe place by police officers. Narang, when asked if he approached the police, told the PTI that he would speak to the party leadership about it first.
Meanwhile, Muktsar police on Sunday sentenced BKU (Sidhupur) President Muktsar Sukhdev Singh and six others for attempting to assassinate Narang. Around 200 to 250 unidentified people were also booked in connection with this incident.
Punjab’s political parties, including the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the ruling party in Congress, have condemned the attack on Narang and demanded action against those involved. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, while condemning the incident, also warned of those trying to create unrest in the state and urged farmers not to get involved in any act also violent.
The BJP held the government of Punjab responsible for the attack on its lawmaker and also demanded exemplary action against the culprits. In a statement, the party said: “The BJP condemns this incident which took place under the protection of the Congressional government. The Amarinder Singh government of Congress is directly responsible for this. On Sunday, several BJP leaders staged a sit-in protest outside the chief minister’s residence and alleged that the public order situation in Punjab had failed.