Ludhiana: Anti-drug activist attacked with weapon, dumped in critical condition

Ludhiana: Anti-drug activist attacked with weapon, dumped in critical condition
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Hours after he protested against drug abuse and gangster culture in Punjab, some unidentified people opened attack on vice-president of Valmiki Sewak Sangh with sharp weapons and fled after dumping him in Mahavir Enclave Colony in Hussainpura village, Ludhiana.

The victim, Arun Bhatti, 40, was admitted to Christian Medical College and hospital (CMCH) where he is stated to be critical.

Rimpi, Bhatti’s wife complained to the police stating that Bhatti told her on Thursday night that he was with his friend Gaurav Chitkara alias Jannu and will reach home late.

Rimpi added that when her husband did not reach home till late in the night, she called him again but a passerby answered the call and told her that her husband was lying on the roadside and was injured. Rimpi then reached the spot and took him to the hospital.

Following the complaint, police lodged an FIR and started questioning Gaurav.

Vicky Sahota, president of Valmiki Sewak Sangh, said that assault on Bhatti could also be a result of the protest held by their organisation against drugs menace and gangster culture on March 16.

They met JCP Saumya Mishra and urged her to form a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the matter. The JCP has assured them that police will trace the assailants within the next 48 hours.

Sahota said that CCTVs installed in the area have captured a suspected white Maruti Suzuki Swift car without a numberplate.

ASI Surinderpal Singh, who is investigating the case, said that an FIR under Sections 307, 323 and 324 of IPC was registered against unidentified accused with the Salem Tabri police.

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