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Punjab DGP to probe Dussehra clash between Akali, Congress activists

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

Chief Minister on Thursday ordered DGP Suresh Arora to probe a violent clash between activists of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal and the opposition on Dussehra eve in

Badal directed the Director General of Police to visit for an on-the-spot inquiry into Monday evening's incident.

"I have asked the DGP to personally probe the incident and submit a report within three days," Badal told the media here.

Certain leaders had put up an effigy of a 'chitta' (colloquial term for drugs in Punjab) Ravana during Dussehra celebrations to highlight the state government's alleged failure to curb the drug menace in

The clash left a few leaders injured.

The Police later arrested a Youth leader Parvinder Lapran. Five other leaders were also booked.

Badal's directive to the DGP came after leaders led by former Leader of the Opposition Sunil Jakhar and Member of Parliament Ravneet Singh Bittu protested outside the Chief Minister's residence here on Thursday against the alleged high-handedness of the Police in the case.

A Chief Minister's Office spokesperson said that Badal personally spoke to the agitating leaders and assured them that the law would take its own course and anybody found guilty would not be spared.

Jakhar said the probe was an eyewash and that earlier probes by the Police into major incidents of crime had yielded nothing.

The leaders alleged that Police Commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh was behaving like an Akali Dal agent and targeting leaders and activists.

activists had, on Wednesday, barged into the commissioner's office in and pasted stickers saying 'Proud to be an Akali'.



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First Published: Thu, October 13 2016. 17:44 IST