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Some leaders trying to give communal angle to assault

Press Trust of India  |  Kurukshetra 

MP Raj Kumar Saini today alleged that some leaders from a predominant community were trying to give communal colour to the ink-throwing and alleged assault by five persons on him recently.

Addressing a press conference here, Saini said it was wrong to brand the incident as merely 'ink throwing episode' because the youths after throwing ink "assaulted" him.

"I fell down and two of them tried to strangulate me. It was with great difficulty that my gunman separated them off me," he said.

Saini also claimed that the fifth assaulter was carrying some weapon "which he could not use as crowd of my supporters surrounded him, and he escaped from site".

The Kurukshetra MP said he was worried as to how youths were allegedly incited for such attacks.

"The accused had told the police during interrogation that they were planning to assault me in Hisar and Jind too but could not do it due to stringent police arrangements," he said.

Saini alleged that some leaders from a particular community were trying to give the assault case a communal turn.

"Though I have never spoken ill against any community, they are using derogatory and abusive words against me. I would not have pressed for registration of a case against the youths had INLD leader Abhay Chautala not described the incident as only a publicity stunt," he said.

The Kurukshetra MP, who has been vocal against Jat reservation, was attacked at a public function on October 16 by the youths.

Meanwhile, a large number of youths from the Jat community today blocked the vehicular traffic on Kurukshetra-Pehowa Road near Birla Mandir chowk to demand the withdrawal of charges under section 307 IPC (attempt to murder) imposed on the five youths who threw ink at Saini.

The blockade was lifted when Sub-Divisional Magistrate reached the spot and persuaded the youths to move from the site.

Meanwhile all the five accused were presented before a local court today at the end of their police remand, and were sent to 14-day judicial custody.

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Meanwhile, the Special Investigation Team led by DSP Nupur Bishnoi formed to investigate the assault case has revealed that three out of the five accused have changed their mobile phone numbers 19-22 times in the last one year.

Besides, the sample of the liquid like ink thrown over Saini have been sent to FSL, Madhuban for investigation, police said.

"Three of the five accused have been booked by the Haryana police in different cases in the past," said Superintendent of Police Simardeep Singh.

First Published: Wed, October 19 2016. 20:57 IST