Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Ropar in Punjab, Amarjit Singh Sandoa, was on Thursday allegedly attacked by mining mafia in Anandpur Sahib. The AAP MLA was allegedly attacked when he went with mediapersons to the site where illegal mining was being done using giant JCB machines.
The MLA was reportedly beaten up mercilessly by goons of the mining mafia. They even removed his turban and beat up a gunman accompanying him. The goons reportedly misbehaved with mediapersons as well.
The MLA suffered serious injuries and was rushed to a local hospital for treatment.
Reacting to the incident, senior AAP leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia took to Twitter saying that mining mafia continues to rule Punjab under the government of Captain Amarinder Singh just as it did during the tenure of the Akali government. Pointing that AAP MLAs were taking the mafia head on despite being in opposition, Sisodia urged the Punjab Chief Minister to act against the culprits.
हमारे विधायक विपक्ष में रहकर भी, जानपर खेलकर खनन माफिया से लड़ रहे हैं। कुछ कीजिए कैप्टन साहब!
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) June 21, 2018
This comes even as the Punjab government has decided to arm its staff members following an attack on six officials on Monday. The officers were attacked by five to seven assailants with sticks and sharp-edged weapons on Monday night when they intercepted a tractor-trolley near Seonk village in Mohali.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had hit out at Chief Minister Amarinder Singh-led Congress government in the state over the attack on officials, saying it proved that the state had descended into "jungle raj".
"The sand mafia has become so bold that it is ready to murder government officials coming in the way of its illegal operations," the SAD president said in a statement. He added that the SAD would now approach Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore and urge him to direct the state to take action against the sand mafia.
(With PTI Inputs)