Sarpanch among 5 hurt in firing in Haryana

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Jagadhri, Jul 7 (UNI) Five people, including a Sarpanch, were seriously injured when armed assailants fired at them in a bid to capture Panchayat land in Bhatoli village of Yamunanagar district today.

The assailants came in a Maruti car and a couple of motorbikes and started firing on a group of villagers, including Sarpanch Rajbir, who were overseeing the construction of a boundary wall on a piece of land measuring about 400 sq yard.

Five people, inluding Sarpanch Rajbir and former Panch Sant Ram, were seriously injured in the firing. The three other injured were identified as Ram Kumar, Sonu and Johnny.

The irate villagers caught hold of two of the attacker and beat them badly. In the meantime, another assailants was reportedly taken away in a police gypsy, villagers alleged.

Villagers later blocked the traffic on the Ambala-Saharanpur national highway (NH 73), set the car of the assailants on fire and also damaged a private house.

They alleged that the assailants were trying to capture the Panchayati land in collusion with some police personnel.

The blockade on the highway continued for over four hours and it was cleared only after Deputy Commissioner Nitin Yadav ordered an enquiry into the incident. Superintendent of Police (SP) C S Rao also assured the villagers that the guilty would be arrested soon and the policeman who took away one of the attackers would be booked.

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