Condemning the cowardly assault made on Mr. Harsh Dev Singh Chairman JKNPP and his wife at Khu Nallah today morning by the BJP goons when he was on the way to conduct public meetings in Ramnagar, the Panthers Party demanded immediate arrest of the miscreants and action under law. It was stated by Mr. Gagan Pratap Singh State Secretary & Spokesman JKNPP.
Mr. Gagan Pratap Singh disclosed that on Friday evening the reliable sources had intimated Mr. Harsh Dev Singh that he would be vulnerable to the physical assault by the BJP goons if he toured his constituency on Saturday. Taking a precautionary measure, Mr. Singh promptly intimated SSP, Udhampur about the devious plans of the opposition and requested him to provide him security at various places where he was supposed to conduct his meetings, Gagan said. He further added that again Mr. Harsh Dev Singh was informed by the sources on Saturday morning that the miscreants had conspired to attack him physically with the cache of weapons inside their vehicles who were already on the way. Reacting to the information, Mr. Singh again called the SSP to apprise him about the said information and further asked him to provide the security cover by deploying the SHO and his team on the way. The SSP in turn assured him that nothing of that sort would happen as he would direct the police officer to provide cover to Mr. Singh, Gagan divulged.
When Mr. Harsh Dev Singh was on the way to Ramnagar, he saw that hundreds of BJP workers and activists had blocked the road at Khu Nallah, a place 15 kms before Ramnagar, with no presence of SHO and other police personnel on the spot. The BJP goons who were led by Makhan Bandral and Rameez Sheikh ( already identified as BJP activists) stopped the vehicle of Mr. Singh and launched physical assault on him and his wife Mrs. Manju Singh. They even pushed Mrs. Singh on the ground ruthlessly and had a scuffle with Harsh Dev who intervened to save his wife. The goons hurled choicest of abuses at the couple and tore the shirt of Mr. Singh who also sustained injuries during the assault. The miscreants raising anti-Panthers party slogans threatened Mr. Harsh Dev to stop raising voice against the BJP or else he would face dire consequences, Gagan Pratap Said.
Gagan Pratap recalled that earlier also Makhan Bandral and Rameez Sheikh were over heard by the Sarpanch of village Amroh that BJP was contemplating a plan to eliminate Mr. Harsh Dev and the Saffron workers were only waiting for the orders from the higher ups. Few months ago, Rajinder Kumar alias Boor Pakodi, a Mandal Pradhan of BJP openly called Mr. Singh a mad dog in a public meeting at Ramnagar where the local MLA and the concerned SHO were also present on the occasion. Rajinder Kumar openly threatened to kill Mr. Singh and also incited the gathering to liquidate the Panther leadership, Gagan reminisced. He said that the plans of the BJP had started to realize with their brazen assault on Mr. Harsh Dev and his wife at Khu Nallah on Saturday morning. He said that no police officer was present at the place of scuffle as a well knit plan to provide time to the goons to execute their plans. The people and the stranded vehicles were the witness to the entire episode, Gagan maintained. He disclosed that Mr. Harsh Dev Singh and his wife Mrs. Manju Singh were admitted at District Hospital Udhampur for medical supervision and observation.
Mr. Gagan said that such dastardly acts would not cow down Panther Party from raking the issues of Jammu region. He demanded immediate arrest of the miscreants and stringent action against them otherwise Panther Party shall intensify their agitation against the policy of suppression adopted by the BJP to quell the voice of the people.