A day after Akali and AAP activists clashed at a “Badal bhajao, Punjab bachao” rally in Malout, AAP MP Bhagwant Mann here today accused the police of working under Akali pressure.Mann, who met two injured party volunteers at the Civil Hospital, said the party would stage protests across the state if the cops failed to register an FIR against the assailants. He added that the AAP leadership would meet the DGP tomorrow.Mann said, “SAD goons carrying sticks, rods and bricks disrupted our rally. The police recorded the statements of our injured men in their daily diary report under Section 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) of the IPC.”The MP claimed that just 18 cops were spared for the rally yesterday. “A majority of the force was deployed for the CM’s Sangat Darshan,” Mann said.Refuting Mann’s allegations, Muktsar SSP Gurpreet Singh Gill said, “The statements of injured SAD activists are yet to be recorded as the doctors have declared them unfit.” He claimed that proper security arrangements were made for Mann’s visit today.AAP activist Sukhjinder Singh Udekaran, who sustained a head injury, named some SAD leaders in his statement to the police. “Nippy Aulakh, Lappi Enakhera, Randhir Samagh, Gurbinder Phoolewala, Babbu Nandgarh and Tona Lakhewali, along with 50-60 others, attacked us,” said Sukhjinder.Injured Akali activists Gurbinder Gandhar, Sandeep Nandgarh and Jagmeet Singh were admitted to the Civil Hospital, Malout. Belying the police claim that they were unfit to give statements, the trio told the media that they had tried to stop AAP activists from making derogatory remarks against SAD leaders.

Bhagwant skips rally

Fatehgarh Churian:Bhagwant Mann today skipped a rally organised by AAP candidate Gurvinder Singh Shampura. The Batala police had made security arrangements at Kala Afghana village after Shampura informed them last evening about Mann’s visit.