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Posted at: Jun 11, 2019, 6:22 AM; last updated: Jun 11, 2019, 6:22 AM (IST)

Cong man accused of holding BJP workers hostage

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, June 10

Demanding the registration of a case against a Congress leader for allegedly holding three BJP women workers hostages at his house, party leaders, along with SAD workers, staged a protest in front of the Kotwali police station here on Monday.

The protesters said the incident took place when the BJP works were doing door-to-door campaign for the bypoll in Ward No. 30.

In a complaint to the SSP, BJP leaders alleged that on Monday, when party’s women workers were campaigning door to door in Ward No. 30 for the MC bypoll, Congress leader Anil Bhola held them hostage in his house. They added that the women workers were let off when senior party leaders reached the spot. They are demanding an FIR against Anil Bhola.

Three BJP women workers told Sunil Kumar Sharma, SHO, Kotwali police station, that on Monday morning, they were doing door-to-door campaigning in Afeem Wali Gali and around 9.15 am, a man held them hostage in his house. They added that later, they came to know that he was Congress leader Anil Bhola. The complainants said the accused locked his house and tried to slap them.

The complainants said when they tried to contact their party leaders, the Congress leader took away their mobile phones and misbehaved with them.

BJP leader Narendra Mittal also recorded his statement. He told the police that when he came to know about the incident, he, along with other party workers, reached Anil Bhola’s residence. He also accused the Congress leader of misbehaving him.

SAD leader Sarup Chand Singla, BJP state general secretary Dyal Dass Sodhi, BJP Bathinda president Vinod Binta, Senior Deputy Mayor Tarsem Goyal and Mohal Lal Garg were present at the police station.

Police officer Sunil Sharma said, “We have recorded the statement of the complainants. Further action will be taken after conducting a probe into the incident.”

Refuting the allegations, Congress leader Anil Bhola said, “I was at the Congress election office in Bank bazaar when I received a phone call that three women had entered my house. I immediately reached my residence and asked about their identity as a few days ago, they also came to the area for a survey. Local residents also objected to it.”

“After a few minutes, BJP leaders reached my house and we had a good interaction. Once they left my residence, I don’t know what happened,” said the Congress leader. He said this issue has been raised just to defame him and the Congress.

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