Chautala escapes unhurt in attack by BKU activists

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Jind, Oct 20 (UNI) Former Haryana Chief Minister and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Om Prakash Chautala escaped unhurt when his motorcade was allegedly attacked by Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) activists at Kandela in Jind district, where nine farmers were killed in police firing during his regime.

However, three farmers were injured, one of them seriously, in a clash between BKU activists and INLD supporters.

The incident occurred when the motorcade of Mr Chautala was obstructed by BKU activists as it entered Kandela where he was scheduled to address a public meeting.

The INLD supporters allegedly attacked the agitating BKU activists who retaliated by pelting stones at the cavalcade of Mr Chautala. The windowpanes of two of the vehicles were broken in the attack.

One of the three farmers injured in the clash, identified as Ajit, was stated to be serious and was referred to PGI, Rohtak.

Mr Chautala and other INLD leaders were forced to leave the village without addressing the rally.

The residents of Kandela said they had not forgotten the incident of police firing on agitating farmers seven years ago.

The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leaders had yesterday announced that they would not let Mr Chautala address a public meeting in Kandela during his three-day tour of Jind district.

The local INLD leaders, meanwhile, maintained that the attack was engineered by some ''mischievous elements'' who did not want any development in the village.

Later Mr Chautala addressed a gathering of his supporters on the outskirts of the village.

UNI

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