Akali leader’s kin held for assault on cop

The Gurdaspur police on Sunday arrested Inderpal Singh, the nephew of Gurdaspur Youth Akali Dal president Paramvir Singh Laadi, for allegedly manhandling a Punjab Home Guard constable who had flagged down his vehicle.

As per the complaint lodged by constable Gurnam Singh, Inderpal "manhandled and tore his uniform" after the constable asked him to show the papers of his vehicle following a traffic violation on Friday.

Inderpal's Bolero was reportedly travelling on the wrong side of the road and hit another vehicle. Gurnam had then asked the driver to show the vehicle's papers, following which, he was allegedly manhandled by Inderpal and the driver, who allegedly taunted the constable by stating if he had forgotten the murder of an Amritsar ASI.

In a press release on Sunday, the Gurdaspur police termed the incident as a " serious matter of assault on a public servant while on duty" and said the police had managed to nab Inderpal. He was produced before a local and has been sent to judicial custody.

Inderpal is the prime witness in the Gurdaspur murder case of Jaspal Singh. Damdami Taksal activist Lakhwinder Singh and Jaspal's father Gurcharanjit Singh had on Saturday alleged that a harsh case was being registered against Inderpal as he is the witness in the murder case.

Gurdaspur YAD president Paramvir Singh Laadi had distanced himself from the case saying he was "not on good terms" with his nephew.

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