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Dec 10, 2012 at 09:54am IST

Punjab: Akali Dal leader's nephew beats up traffic policeman for stopping his car

Chandigarh: In another shocking case of those in powerful positions abusing their power in Punjab, the Akali Dal government is facing heat yet again after a traffic policeman was allegedly beaten up by the nephew of an Akali leader. The incident, which comes close on the heels of the murder of a policeman in Amritsar at the hands of an Akali leader, who has been expelled now, has raised questions about the law and order situation in the state.

It's yet another blatant show of political arrogance in Punjab. In Gurdaspur, traffic police head constable Gurnam Singh was allegedly attacked and his uniform torn by an Akali leader's nephew and his men as he dared to stop their car while clearing a traffic jam.

Police have booked Inderpal Singh, who is the nephew of Akali leader Paramjit Singh Laddi under Section 186 for obstructing a public servant from discharging his duties, Sec 332 for voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from his duty and Sec 353 for assault or criminal force against a public servant. His four accomplices are on the run.

This comes just a few days after a police officer was shot dead in neighbouring Amritsar by a youth Akali leader for saving his daughter from molesters. Already serious questions are being raised about the deteriorating law and order in the state.

For the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine, the two incidents of violence against police officers by their own leaders have come as a major embarrassment.

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