The brutal assault on a Punjab BJP legislator by farm protestors has not only raised questions over the law-and-order machinery but is also threatening to blow up into a major political issue ahead of the next year’s Assembly polls in the State.
The BJPs legislator from Abohar, Arun Narang, was attacked by a mob in Malout town on Sunday when he had gone there to address a press conference. The legislator was stripped and thrashed by a mob raising slogans against the farm laws in presence of a large number of policemen. Video footage of the incident revealed that the cops did not act pro-actively to prevent the assault on the legislators.
This was not the first time that supporters of farmer groups had prevented the BJP leaders from addressing a press conference or attend an event but the brutal assault was unprecedented and evoked fierce criticism. The Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, stung by the criticism issued an order to the police department seeking strict security for the BJP leaders and enhanced vigil at locations where the party held its events.
News Source : News 18