Gujjars booked for assault on Punjab officials

June 5th, 2008 - 1:09 am ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, June 4 (IANS) The Punjab police Wednesday registered a case of attempt to murder, rioting and assault against a number of unidentified Gujjar community members after they led an assault on two Punjab government officials in Balachaur town. Sub-divisional Magistrate (SDM) M.S. Kang and tehsildar Rajiv Pal received injuries after a mob of Gujjars attacked them in Balachaur, 70 km from here.

Senior district and police officers rushed to the spot after the two officials were attacked. Incidentally, both officers were saved by local mediapersons.

The incident took place when nearly 1,000 Gujjars were holding a meeting in the town to protest police inaction in the murder case of a local Gujjar youth. When the two officials went to talk to Gujjar leaders, some members of the community attacked them.

The mob not only assaulted them but also chased the fleeing officials and threw bricks at their vehicle.

Though the police had not identified the attackers till Wednesday evening, video clippings of the incident provided by the mediapersons were being viewed to identify the culprits.

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